What is your role with COAST?
I am a secondary Officer with the COAST team and will be acting as a liaison between COAST and front line officers as well as filling in for fellow COAST members when they are off.
Tell us about your career.
I work in the Uniform Division at LPS as a member of Section Two. I have been with London Police for 6 years and prior to my current role, I worked as Campus Police at the University of Guelph. There I developed a strong understanding of some of the mental health challenges our young people are facing today.
What interested you about working on the COAST team?
I have always had an interest in mental health and the way in which, I as a Police Officer, can best support those in our community who are struggling. The ability to work with and learn from our community partners is a great opportunity for our team to strengthen our skills while providing meaningful assistance to those in need.
What benefits do you hope this program will provide to the community and to vulnerable populations?
I’m hopeful that we will be able to provide real assistance and direction to those in need. By assisting and providing resources to our vulnerable populations, I hope we can lead people back to a place where they can have a productive life, while managing their mental illness. I hope that through our interactions, we can change some people’s perception of Police when it comes to dealing with those with mental health.
What do you do to support your own mental health and wellness?
I’ve always been mindful of my own mental health and ensuring I take the time to make sure that I’m in a good place. I’m so glad the training we have received has made our wellbeing a priority. In my off time, I enjoy fishing, gardening and spending time with my family and our pets.