OACP Support for Programs
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) is supporting two important programs that could protect our police personnel’s mental and physical health and help our police officers help some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities:
- The OACP’s Board of Directors is supporting the Centre for First Responders project, a joint collaboration between Wounded Warriors Canada and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. The proposed Centre aims to provide a continuum of mental health and addiction services for first responders, including police, fire, corrections, paramedics, dispatchers, border services, and emergency response managers. Our Board members were impressed with the scope and objectives of the proposal.
- The OACP is supporting a proposed Standards Council of Canada (SCC) Innovation Program project for the development of a New Standard on Police Vehicle Design led by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group).
- The OACP has also endorsed the MedicAlert Connect Protect program, which gives police officers free, 24-hour direct access to the Medic Alert database. This database provides a subscriber’s recent photo and personal information, including identity, physical descriptions, attributes, wandering history, behaviour management strategies such as anxiety triggers and de-escalation techniques, as well as caregiver information. The MedicAlert Connect Protect program has the endorsement of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and 33 Canadian police services already use the program, including Durham Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Owen Sound Police Service, Orangeville Police Service, Ottawa Police Service, Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, Smiths Falls Police Service, Brockville Police Service, Gananoque Police Service , Cornwall Police Service, Shelburne Police Service, and the Ontario Provincial Police.