Internal review to examine suicides among Ontario Provincial Police


ORILLIA, Ont. — Provincial police in Ontario say they plan to conduct an internal review and develop ways to boost mental health supports after the suicides of three officers in as many weeks.

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Vince Hawkes says the review will examine suicides and attempted suicides involving members of the force over the last five years.

He says the analysis will try to identify similarities between the incidents and look at what might have prevented those individuals from seeking mental-health support.

Hawkes says there will also be a series of roundtables that will craft recommendations on how the force can improve its mental help supports for members.

The commissioner says the force knows that stigma around mental health issues may prevent members from seeking help, but urged anyone who needed support to reach out.

In the last 30 years, Hawkes says the OPP has documented 24 force members and nine retired members that died by suicide.

The Canadian Press