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 experiences 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 experiencing mental health issues, this is a timely resource for students in college and university police studies programs.


  • includes learning objectives, case studies, and discussion questions
  • 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 and incidents of gang-related violence

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Table of Contents


Part I - Mental Health Disorders Commonly Encountered in Policing

Chapter 1: Introduction to Mental Disorder
Chapter 2: Bipolar and Other Mood Disorders
Chapter 3: Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 4: Substance Use Disorders
Chapter 5: Antisocial Personality Disorder and Other Personality Disorders
Chapter 6: Childhood Conduct and Other Childhood Disorders
Chapter 7: Paraphilic and Other Sexual Disorders
Chapter 8: Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

Part II – Response to Mental Health Behaviours

Chapter 9: Police Legitimacy, Interpersonal Response, and Community Trust
Chapter 10: Police Behavioural Response to Critical Intervention and Emergency Situations
Chapter 11: Police Response to Crisis Involving Suicide Risk: Strategies for Suicide Intervention and Prevention
Chapter 12: Mental Health Services and Special Intervention Teams
Chapter 13: Mental Health of Police Professions and First Responders

Part III – Special Topics

Chapter 14: The History of Policing and Indigenous Persons in Canada
Chapter 15: NCRMD Legal and Ethical Issues
Chapter 16: Community Integration - Electronic Monitoring of Offenders
Chapter 17: Letters to Policing Professionals

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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