Toronto Police Service officially launches Military Veterans Wellness Program
September 9, 2022 By Blue Line Staff / Toronto Police Service
Sept. 8, 2022, Toronto, Ont. – Chief of Police James Ramer has announced the official launch of the Military Veterans Wellness Program at a ceremony held at Toronto Police Headquarters.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Toronto Police Services Board Chair Jim Hart, program creators and community partners joined Chief Ramer to celebrate this important program, which was developed to support veteran wellness.
The program was created by TPS constables Aaron Dale and Jeremy Burns, in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Operational Stress Injury Social Support Program.
Dale and Burns both come from military backgrounds and through their mutual experiences and challenges returning from military service, they soon recognized an urgent need to help veterans in crisis in Toronto.
This specialized training will help law enforcement members understand the unique issues veterans may be facing. It will also prepare officers to recognize the needs of veterans they meet through the course of their duties, and connect them with appropriate resources. The ultimate goal is to reduce veteran suicide and homelessness right across Canada.
TPS stands in solidarity with veterans to show them that nobody fights alone.
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