Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin slams the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for being “reluctant” to acknowledge and take action to support police officers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, likening the response to a “bureaucratic brush-off.”
In his long-awaited 155-page report called In the Line of Duty, which
was released Wednesday, Marin said both the OPP and the ministry have
shown little leadership in implementing proactive, preventive programs
to help officers.
He makes 34 recommendations, 28 of them directed at the OPP alone,
that focus on the need to confront the stigma in the police culture,
increase psychological services available to officers and to develop
province-wide programs aimed at preventing and dealing with operational
stress injuries and suicide.
He calls on the OPP to conduct a comprehensive review of its
education, training, peer support, employee assistance and other
programming related to these injuries.