Deputy Chief of Police Gatineau Police Ottawa, Quebec, Canada
Behind every officer lies a human being who undergoes daily insults, mockery, and threats which often results in the officer developing an “us versus them” mentality. Providing body armor is essential in allowing officers to feel confident, but it is not enough. What is much more challenging is to ensure their mental fortitude allows them to focus more on fostering healthy community relationships in spite of the difficult cultural context. The presentation will show the results of a new training method, which has been tested by the Gatineau Police Department in Canada in the context of their overall ethics approach. The presentation will show how this method supports officers in the most important fight of their lives: their fight against themselves to become mentally stronger.