Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 300 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381459
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The overwhelming majority of police calls involve individuals with mental health challenges and yet limited resources exist to prepare first responders for these interactions. Police Response to Mental Health in Canada addresses this gap in the field, providing practical guidance to police studies students on how best to respond to mental health-related calls in both critical and non-critical situations. Aligned with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria, this text provides in-depth explanations of the mental health conditions commonly encountered in policing, including mood, psychotic, personality, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Written in an accessible style, this book includes pedagogical tools such as scenario-based learning, case studies, reflection questions, group activities, and chapter summaries to reinforce the learning objectives outlined at the start of each chapter.

With the increasing demand for law enforcement officials to be better informed and prepared to interact with those suffering from mental health issues, this is a timely resource for students in college and university police studies programs.


  • highlights special topics that range from legal and ethical issues to individual reflections from those with mental health concerns
  • includes contributions from leaders in fields of health services, psychology, criminology, policing, and corrections
  • discusses Canadian issues that are relevant across the country, including police relations with Indigenous populations, cases of missing and murdered women, and incidents of gang-related violence

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Uzma Williams

Uzma Williams is a Sessional Instructor at MacEwan University in the Police Studies program, who teaches mental health and response to abnormal behaviour. She completed her Ph.D. at McMaster University with a background in psychology and disability rehabilitation.

Dan Jones

Dan Jones is an Inspector with Edmonton Police Services and holds over 20 years of front-line experience working in homicide, hate crimes, specialized investigations, and Indigenous relations.

John R. Reddon

John R. Reddon is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Alberta who has also worked at the Alberta Hospital Edmonton since 1983.

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