Dear Jonathan Kay,
I was very pleased to read that TPS was undergoing such intense training. Role playing volatile and irrational situations points to the commitment to modify current practices. My concern is two-fold:
What are the plans to sustain this type of training for all responding officers, including booster sessions? One can’t honestly believe that 20-30 hours of training will still be used confidently 2 or 3 years down the road! This is , after all, the most complex part of their work: dealing with someone else’s emotions (mental health or not!).
My second concern is the absence of discussions and strategies related to self-management and team response. James Furcillo is the only one charged in the death of Sammy Yatim… Imagine the end result should one of the 8 or 9 attending officers had recognized the signs of a triggered co-worker and had taken the leadership of the interaction away from James Furcillo…That part to me has more relevance to the issue discussed.
My hopes are that the recent death of Alex Wettlaufer will produce more discussions on the law enforcement training and its challenges!
Read the article by Jonathan Kay,
published in The Walrus on March 14, 2016: