In , he was assigned to the casino enforcement unit in Niagara Falls. His fellow officers decided they were going to put him under surveillance, he said, to see what they could dig up. They compiled what they called the "Pooler File. After his superiors presented him with the "Pooler File," he took sick leave.
The harassment was too much. When he returned to work, instead of getting help, he was shuffled between detachments. Eventually, he was parked in a one-person satellite detachment in Dunnville, southeast of Hamilton, and given photocopying duties. Pooler recalls seeing a leaked email, written in He said superior officers made their views clear about members who are physically or mentally injured. Over the course of his career, Pooler filed six human rights complaints, each one of them settled by the OPP. Prothero worked in IT for the force and was good at his job.
Just before Christmas, he started to experience panic attacks and sleeplessness, symptoms of a past medical problem, compounded by work burnout. If there were any doubts about his claims, the exam results would clear it up, he thought. The OPP refused again. He did a search of his last name.
Prothero found a message from one of his managers to another, explaining why they refused an independent medical exam: it could back up his case. Despite that win, because of his illness, Prothero has been off work, off the payroll and in and out of hospital since And my life is falling apart as a result of it. All three OPP employees interviewed by The Fifth Estate say they are permanently scarred by their experiences on the force, both on the road and in the office. When Marin published his scathing review of the OPPs mental health services, he offered solutions.
Go and check out what the Los Angeles Police Department does, he urged. The Fifth Estate travelled to California to take a look. On the agenda tonight: meditation. A staff psychologist with the force stands at the front of the room and guides the officers through a minute mindfulness exercise. And they weren't coming. LAPD staff psychologists now go out on ridealongs, attend roll calls and just hang out with officers and chat.
The LAPD has a team of 16 staff psychologists. The OPP has none, instead choosing to contract that service out.
Jablonski-Kaye said for the LAPD, it all boils down to the advantages of having its service in-house. The psychologists get to know the officers personally. It allows them to build trust and be proactive. It has developed videos and conducted training that directly addresses suicide and how to identify risk factors, for example. Every LAPD officer goes through the training. It also conducts what are called psychological autopsies when an officer dies by suicide.
Back in Ontario, Loan desperately wants to know what the OPP did to help her husband before he died by suicide last summer.
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But then another call came in. The acting commissioner would like to talk, too. He wanted to address this issue head on. When three OPP members took their lives in less than a month last summer, Gary Couture says it hit him hard. It has created the wellness unit. At its core is a member team of uniformed officers who run an expanded peer support program.
The force also launched a training program called The Road for Mental Readiness and has officers fill out a survey meant to gauge their mental wellness every six months. Despite the work the OPP has done, after the three suicides last summer, it began its own review of what is offered and is looking at why those three officers took their lives.
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But this is the first time the OPP has taken an official look at the circumstances surrounding an officer suicide. The same goes for the recommendation that the OPP launch a suicide prevention program. They support managers, they provide consultations, they provide that direct one-on-one support. Then there is the decision the OPP made in , on the heels of the ombudsman's report, not to refill its one and only staff psychologist position.
The challenges that we deal with are somewhat different. Since the ombudsman's report was released in , The Fifth Estate has learned, 12 more retired and active officers died by suicide. Both Couture and MacEachern say their current reviews will look at where or if they failed their officers, but insisted the ombudsman's report continues to be a roadmap for change. De Bock had 36 questions she wanted answered about her husband's death. Eventually she emerged, exhausted and disappointed. Instead, the OPP promised to look into her questions and get back to her.
Key among them: did he get psychological support when he transferred to a new high-risk unit?
I'm in a land of wolves. But her fight is not over. Josh de Bock would be the first OPP officer who died by suicide to take a spot on the memorial wall. Above all, she persists for their five-year-old daughter, Mai-Linh, not yet fully understanding where her father has gone.
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