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SSO applauds OPP for committing to mental health as a priority

Mental health training will be a priority for officers, giving them the skills needed to correctly handle interactions with people living with mental illness, pledged Vince Hawkes, new Ontario Provincial Police commissioner in a recent Toronto Star article
 
Since the Sammy Yatim shooting in summer of 2013, three investigations into police use-of-force have been launched by the Ontario Ombudsman, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), as well as an internal investigation by the Toronto Police Service (TPS). Police training was a major theme. SSO participated in the Ombudsman’s investigation and also provided feedback to support Justice Frank Iacobucci’s internal review of TPS’s use of lethal force. SSO supports the development of comprehensive and collaborative processes for better interactions between police and individuals with mental illness. To read our submission, with recommendations to help to ensure that police interactions are positive and are resolved in a peaceful manner for all involved, click here.
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