POLICE BOARD TO PRESENT INAUGURAL MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY AWARDS

INAUGURAL MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY AWARDS

TORONTO:  At the next Service Awards ceremony, taking place on November 16, 2016, the Toronto Police Services Board will be presenting two important new awards recognizing excellence in dealing with people experiencing mental health issues, as well as exceptional service to the community. 

The Board will be presenting the significant new Mental Health Excellence Award which is awarded annually to Service members who have demonstrated excellence, compassion and respect in their interactions with members of the public who are experiencing mental illness. It includes a demonstration of exemplary de-escalation techniques or particular sensitivity in dealing with an individual experiencing mental illness, as well as an established body of work over many years or an entire career in this area.  The establishment of this new award reflects the priority that the Board places on the critical issue of police interaction with people experiencing mental illness and the need to recognize excellence in this crucial area.

The Board will also be awarding the first Robert Qualtrough Award, an annual award given in honour and in memory of the late Superintendent Robert Qualtrough.  It is presented, jointly, to community members and to uniform and/or civilian Service members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership through their participation in an innovative and effective police-community partnership initiative.

The Service Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 7pm, in the Grand Foyer, Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street.   Members of the public are encouraged to attend.