OPP Launches Review After Spike in Suicides Among Its Members

Aug 30, 2018

By Amber Gero

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Ontario Provincial Police will conduct an internal review after three officers took their own lives in as many weeks.

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes said during a news conference on Thursday, the force will also work to boost mental health supports through a series of roundtables.

“The OPP will examine the barriers, prevention that our members, officers and civilians from seeking assistance and support by conducting an internal review of member suicides and attempted suicides over the last five years.”

Commissioner Hawkes said the review will be led by Detective Superintendent Ken Leopard who will work to identify “potential links and commonalities”.

The Commissioner said the force knows that stigma surrounding mental health issues may prevent officers from seeking help, but he urged those in need to reach out.

The OPP said over the last 30 years, 24 members band 9 retired members of the service took their own lives.

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