DRPS celebrated its ongoing partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Ontario Shores at a media event that highlighted innovative simulation training videos for front-line responders.
The simulation videos were created jointly by DRPS officers, mental health nurses at Ontario Shores, including Marjory Whitehouse, and Dr. Wendy Stanyon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT. The entire collaboration started when Dr. Stanyon was approached by DRPS Inspector Bruce Townley, who wanted to discuss ways to educate police officers about dealing with persons with mental health issues.
Inspector Townley spoke at the event on Tuesday, November 12, emphasizing how the training videos were a true collaboration between DRPS, UOIT and Ontario Shores. “In the time since the simulation training has been in place, there has been a noticeable change in how front-line officers respond, assess and refer those suspected of having mental health issues,” said Inspector Townley.
Cst. Dave Hookway and D/Cst. Kerry Lynn Thompson, two officers who were involved in writing the scripts and creating the content for these simulation training videos, also spoke about the impact this kind of training has. “We were given the opportunity as officers to make these videos as realistic as possible,” said Cst. Hookway. “The scenarios used were based on incidents that had happened to officers in Durham and all the content was a collaboration between us all, including UOIT and mental health nurses from Ontario Shores.”
The OPP has also used the simulation videos in its training mix, as well they developed videos with UOIT about dealing with elder abuse incidents.
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