“This type of training is crucial for our community,” says Sgt. Thom Racine, of the Cornwall Community Police Service, who co-facilitates the event along with Melody Crites, Manager Inpatient Psychiatric Care Unit and Manager Resource Team at the Cornwall Community Hospital. “It stands apart from other training because of its consistent approach to joining together first responders from a variety of sectors. This allows for true collaboration often at times when it is needed most.”
The key to the training program’s success is the involvement of all professionals who find themselves dealing with people who have either a mental illness, an intellectual disability or both and have encounters with the law. The LEAD training allows for representatives from a cross section of agencies and organizations to increase their awareness about the types of situations facing our officers. At the same time, the officers take away from the training an inventory of options to help them better respond in such situations. It is a win-win for our community.
The LEAD Team training fosters collaboration between community professionals and members of the criminal justice system. Contributors of the Third Annual S.D.G. LEAD Team Training include the Cornwall Community Hospital, Ontario Provincial Police, SDG Detachment, Cornwall Community Police Service, Cornwall SDG Emergency Services and the Eastern Ontario Network for Specialized Care.
LEAD is an acronym which stands for Local Police Services, Emergency Department, Ambulance Services, Diversion Programs and highlights not only the needed collaboration between the professionals involved in such situations but also addresses the process from the initial contact to the court process.