Some potentially very good news from the east coast of Canada.
Halifax, NS - Nova Scotia's Opposition Liberals have introduced an amendment to legislation that calls for the creation of a mental illness training program for police and correctional officers. ... [LINK]
Isn't it amazing that, in the year 2009, the very people (police, etc.) who are called upon to deal with those that are experiencing a mental health crisis have had little or zero training on the proper approaches? Probably the only "training" (sic) they've had is how to taser subjects in the chest. Oh, I mean in the back (sorry).
Imagine if you called the Fire Department to help you deal with a possible house fire and a bunch of untrained folks showed up with buckets full of gasoline and started tossing the fuel into your smoldering house.
Using a taser on someone that is experiencing a mental health crisis seems to be a similar approach as tossing gasoline into a smoldering house fire. Bad idea.
This proposal from the NS Liberals is common sense and should be mandatory in all juridictions.
And don't forget the sort of annual 'Use of Force' (force: noun, not a verb) refresher training as implemented by Ottawa City Police.
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