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.In addition, this book focuses on the mental health of policing professionals by addressing common mental health symptoms and providing strategies to improve the mental health wellness of policing professionals.

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, psychosis, 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.


  • Learning objectives, case studies, and discussion questions
  • Contributions from leaders in fields of health services, psychology, criminology, policing, and corrections
  • Discussion of 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

Table of Contents


Part I - Mental Health Disorders Commonly Encountered in Policing

Chapter 1: Introduction to Mental Health for Policing Professions
Shea-Lyn Boychuk and Uzma Williams

Chapter 2: Bipolar and Other Mood Disorders
Stephanie J. Laue and John R. Reddon

Chapter 3: Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Alberto Choy

Chapter 4: Substance Use Disorders
Adam Howorko and Rick Csiernik

Chapter 5: Antisocial and Other Personality Disorders
Andrew M. Haag

Chapter 6: Childhood Conduct and Other Childhood Disorders
Nicol Patricny, Erin Newman, John R. Reddon, and Salvatore B. Durante

Chapter 7: Paraphilic and Other Sexual Disorders
Debra Jellicoe

Chapter 8: Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Stephanie J. Laue and John R. Reddon

Part II – Response to Mental Health

Chapter 9: Police Legitimacy, Interpersonal Response, and Community Trust
Dan Jones, Shea-Lyn Boychuk, Abigail Smith and Uzma Williams

Chapter 10: Police Behavioural Response to Critical Intervention and Emergency Situations
Dan Jones, Lydia Fleming, Jaqueline Brodbin, April Langille, and Uzma Williams

Chapter 11: Police Response to Crisis Involving Suicide Risk: Strategies for Suicide Intervention and Prevention
Jennifer A. A. Lavoie and Scott Blandford

Chapter 12: Mental Health Services and Special Intervention Teams
Debra Jellicoe and Tanya Anderson

Chapter 13: Mental Health of Police Professions and First Responders
Patricia L. Schuster and Graham E. Ross

Part III – Special Topics

Chapter 14: The History of Policing and Indigenous Persons in Canada
Dan Jones and Peter Jensen

Chapter 15: NCRMD Legal and Ethical Issues
Courtney J. Hunt, John R. Reddon, Andrew M. Haag, and Salvatore B. Durante

Chapter 16: Letters to Policing Professionals
Kyle L. Klein


Editor Biographies

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.

Daniel J. Jones

Dan J. Jones is a senior leader in a Canadian police service 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.


"This book provides the reader with a detailed overview of how to recognize a variety of mental illnesses. It then describes how we as a policing profession are partnering with community agencies to provide more supportive and holistic approaches. It is the first text of its kind and a must read for anyone in a policing career. It should be a go-to reference for those in academia and police training units across Canada."

"I spent a weekend reading this book and read some parts over and over. I am enthralled with the content and overwhelmed by the impact that this book will undoubtedly have for not only Police Services but also any person with mental health issues. This book is highly educational and discusses the topics in a real and accessible way. A must read for everyone."

Instructor Resources

Police Response to Mental Health in Canada includes the following instructor supplements:

  • Test bank
  • PowerPoint slides

Student Resources

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