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Suicide-CoverPOLICE SUICIDE: SHINING A LIGHT
On so many levels, the members of a law enforcement agency look, sound and feel…like family. We work together…we socialize with each other…and most importantly we’re there for each other when it matters most. Like any family, we are all shaken by the loss of one of our own. But when that loss comes at a member’s own hand, we struggle to make sense of the situation. In a profession where strength, resilience and the ability to solve problems are both revered and expected, police suicide is a topic that produces discomfort and, too often, silence. Only through awareness, and having the courage to ask for and offer support, will we begin to change the culture, recognizing mental health and suicide prevention as important components of officer safety. “Police Suicide: Shining a Light” examines the very complicated subject of police suicide, including the often hidden psychological risks of policing, indicators that someone may be in trouble and – most importantly – what we can all do to help.

 

 

articulation-coverARTICULATION: INVESTIGATIVE DETENTION
Police officers are well aware that simply detaining someone involved in criminal activity that often leads to an arrest is not enough.  Officers must also be prepared to articulate in detail that their actions were both reasonable and authorized by law.

Simply put, a police officer’s articulation is the art of storytelling from beginning to end.  This articulation must include the officer’s subjective and objective grounds, including any use of force used during such incidents. Too often, officers resort to police jargon, lack detail and emotions, and do not include their past experience and training. In short, officers often struggle with articulating the totality of factors that occurred, especially during Voir Dire hearings when the rules of evidence are much more relaxed.

 As with other previous OPVTA releases in Articulation series, the purpose of this program and accompanying training package has three goals:

 Provide an analysis of the law on investigative detention and subsequent searches incidental to this authority, in particular with pedestrians; using a scenario-based approach, illustrate the importance of articulating both subjective and objective grounds, as well as the legal requirements under the Charter;Make officers aware of the common pitfalls during cross-examination by defence, in particular the Charter issues surrounding psychological detainment, rights to counsel, and articulating the difficult line between general questioning and focused interrogation amounting to a detention.