New Members!

Your OPVTA Executive has been been very busy the past few months attending a number of meetings, conferences and other promotional opportunities.  These have included the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators, the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police H/R & Training Committee, and the Canadian Association of Police Educators.  Largely as a result of these efforts, we are happy to welcome our two newest members: the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Carleton University Safety.

2 New Releases

POLICE 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: 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 […]

2015 OPVTA Training Conference & AGM

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 Ontario Police Video Training Alliance Training Conference and AGM, scheduled for April 29-30, 2015 at the Ontario Police College.  This is a noon-to-noon event, enabling travel to OPC on the morning of Wednesday April 29th, with Day 1 program running in the afternoon. An evening meet-and-greet reception will be hosted by the OPVTA Executive for those attending the OPVTA AGM the next day, Thursday, April 30th.  The OPVTA AGM should be completed by lunchtime on Thursday, allowing for afternoon travel back home. Accommodation and meals to attend this event will be provided in accordance with OPC policy and at no cost to your agency. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS APRIL 6th – ROOMS ARE LIMITED!! Contact Rachel Smith at: or 905-688-3911 ext. 3500 OPVTA-OPC Conference 2015 Brochure

New OPVTA Release:  “Aftermath: Officer Involved Shootings”

  As police officers, much of our training is appropriately focused on officer safety, use of force, firearms and surviving lethal encounters. But After-math is not about officer-involved shootings – it’s about the intense, sometimes confusing, often solitary experience that follows – after the dust settles. Eight officers from across Ontario reflect on the fatal shootings in which they were involved…what happened, how they reacted, how they were treated – by peers, senior management & SIU – how they struggled, and how they got through it. Police psychologist Dr. Sean O’Brien also provides valuable insights on the diverse physiological and emotional effects that involved officers may experience, and the importance of knowing when, where and how to get the additional support they need and deserve.  The aim of this program is to help all officers anticipate and understand the physiological and psychological reactions common to these types of incidents, in an effort to help build resilience in every involved officer and those called upon to support colleagues.  


Volume 143 This CEW’s E-Course contains five chapters: History, Legislative Considerations, How CEW’s Work, The Device in Close Up and Deploying the CEW. High quality video, graphics, animations and interactive activities will help keep learners engaged and each chapter includes a brief quiz.  


Volume 144 It’s critical that all officers recognize the difference between an agent, a witness and a confidential informant. This video that a CI is not merely a personal source of information, but is in fact an agency asset involving a shared responsibility between the police service, the officer and the crown. View our full Catalogue here.


Volume 142 This video highlights the responsibilities and conditions of release for federal parolees, while empowering front line officers with the knowledge they need to stay safe and hold federal parolees accountable. Included: types of release, arrest without warrant, inmates unlawfully at large, the role of the provincial ROPE Unit, the importance of information sharing. View our full Catalogue here.


Volume 141 Testifying in court used to be a pretty common activity for police officers. Currently however, opportunities are few and far between. In this interview, Justice Budzinski draws on a distinguished career to constructively offer advice on a number of critical issues that will be of interest to all police officers, rookies and veterans alike. View our full Catalogue here.


Volume 140 Freemen believe that all statue law is contractual and that such laws are only applicable to individuals who consent to be governed by them. It is no surprise that this inferred right to be independent of government jurisdiction bring Freemen into frequent contact with police, particularly during traffic stops and property disputes. View our full Catalogue here.


Volume 139 The first volume in a series of intimate conversations with renowned police and military leaders as they describe their leadership experiences and the qualities they feel are integral to the development of future police leaders. Topics include: Professionalism, Direct and Indirect Leadership, Followership, Systems Thinking, Leading Change and more. View our full Catalogue here.