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Ontario Special Constables Association’s 2nd Annual Summit aims for deeper connections


September 16, 2019
By Staff

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The Ontario Special Constable Association (OSCA) hosted its second annual summit recently, celebrating wins from the past year and fostering “deeper connections” between members through expert speakers and training sessions.

“This year we have a two-day summit,” says OSCA president David Moskowitz. “The first day was dedicated to incident response and crisis de-escalation training with Monique Rollin and the second day is more speaker-led, featuring Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and others.”

Rollin, a recently retired police inspector who is now an instructor with Canadian Critical Incident Inc., walked summit participants through command and control material and encourage a discussion on the value of the liaison role.

“You all know your locations intimately,” she told the room. “The incident commander, the duty officers that show up — they won’t have a clue. That’s why we need the expertise of the liaison and to have the liaison stay there.”

The association also celebrated its role in the creation of new legislation to encompass the special constable profession, in relation to the amendments to the Police Services Act and Bill 68 COPS ACT.

Founded in 2008, OSCA was created to be “a medium through which special constables may share information, impart knowledge and build on the honour of their profession.”

Click here to see the photos from last year’s inaugural summit.