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Science Behind the Research
Mental Health Awareness Training
This training program stems from a program that was originally developed at the University of Alberta, Department of Psychiatry, to advance the mental health training of police officers in the Edmonton Police Service.
This program proved overwhelmingly successful, showing increases in police mental health awareness, communication, de-escalation and empathy skills.
The benefits for this program have been supported by various articles and publications, including the recent report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Coleman and Cotton 2014), and an independent review by Dr. Richard Frierson, professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of South Carolina (Frierson 2013)
In self-reported police officer confidence when dealing with mental health calls 6 months after training, with a continued increase to 32%.
In police officer Mental Health Awareness shown through an increase in number of mental health calls
Overall in use of physical force and 26% decrease in use of weapon force in all police calls.
In sergeants ratings of officers on Verbal Communication, De-escalation and Empathy measures before and after training
In efficiency shown through a decrease in time needed to find solutions to mental health calls
In use of force in mental health calls specifically
Silverstone, Krameddine et al. 2013, Krameddine and Silverstone 2014, Krameddine and Silverstone 2015
Downloadable Research Papers
How to improve interactions between police and the mentally ill
Developing, Implementing and Evaluation a Mental Health Training Program for Police Officers.
Commentary: Police Officers and Persons with Mental Illness.
Preventing violent encounters: De-escalation training for police.
A novel approach to training police officers how to best interact with individuals who may have a psychiatric disorder.
A novel training program for Police Officers that improves interactions with mentally ill individuals and is cost-effective.