(Marketplace of Ideas sessions will be longer, in smaller groups and should be highly interactive)


1.1 Jeff Thompson, Columbia University Medical Center, U.S.

Law enforcement psychological autopsy: hands-on workshop

The purpose of creating the Law Enforcement Psychological Autopsy (LE-PA) was to adapt and modify current PA templates being used and suggested by researchers and groups including AAS in order to be practical for implementing in law enforcement.

This workshop will raise awareness of what the psychological autopsy is and how it can be trained to law enforcement agencies so their personnel tasked with investigating suicides (including that of their own officers) can have a better understanding of suicide, the risk factors and warning signs, how to conduct interviews in order to build rapport and trust, and how to present the findings.

In this session there will be group discussions, interactive example “test” questions, review of the LE-PA template, active listening exercises, and opportunities to review data.

1.2 Ron Bruno, CIT International, USA

 Building mental health crisis response systems: emerging best practices from the United States

In many communities in the USA, police are the primary service to respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises. This can have significant negative consequences for all involved, and increase the  overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness in criminal justice system.

While many associate CIT with law enforcement training, the CIT model is much more and provides a useful framework for building mental health crisis response systems that minimize the involvement of law enforcement.  The model develops partnerships across LE, mental health services, advocates and service users/family members.  The panel format of this session will ensure the session is dynamic and engaging, we will take a team approach to presenting and involving audience members in discussion. Several segments of the session will ask the audience to walk through scenarios related to their own local crisis response resources and consider best practice strategies for building more comprehensive and responsive crisis response systems that minimize the role of police and the criminal justice system.

2.1.  John Harrison, College of Policing, England

A health promoting police force: an evolutionary development for wellbeing at work

The concept of a health-promoting police force arises as a consequence of a strategic approach to health and wellbeing. Investment in wellbeing requires culture change to embed it as business as usual. Successful policing of communities is contingent on promoting and maintaining high levels of health and wellbeing in our police officers and police staff. A health-promoting police force will be concerned with the health of our communities and our ability to influence this. There are clear links between some health issues and levels of crime.

A policing – health collaboration would explore how police wellbeing resources / initiatives might be used to also benefit local communities. This session will comprise two short presentations followed by a facilitated discussion of set questions.

2.2. Abby McLeod, Australian Federal Police

Connecting the dots: promoting a joined up approach to “diversity and inclusion” and  “organisational health and wellbeing”

In this session we aim to stimulate discussion about the relationship between organisational health and inclusion, and the ways in which policing organisations can connect these currently separate bodies of work to maximise benefits for all.  In doing so, we will share reflections on our own experiences working to promote organisational health and inclusion in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and offer our views on practical ways of bringing these areas of work closer together, including a consideration of risks and benefits.  We will then invite participants to share their own experiences and ideas, through a semi-structured series of questions aimed to generate sharing and critical analysis.

3.1. Helen Christmas, Public Health England

Public health approaches to policing: practical tools for police forces and partners

The question of “what exactly is a public health approach to policing?” is one that has often been raised, especially during the development and implementation of the Police and Health consensus for England. The phrase “a public health approach to” is used in different ways. In the UK at the moment there is a particular focus on public health approach to serious violence, but there has been a lack of clarity about meaning. We have developed a discussion paper (in final draft at time of writing) that the College of Policing intend to publish. It explores what a public health approaches look like for policing under five headings: population, prevention, causes of the causes, data and evidence base, partnership. Phase two of the project is to develop a set of principles and some practical materials to support the implementation of public health approaches in police forces. It is this part of the project that the Marketplace of Ideas session will focus on, seeking the input and agreement of the audience to finalise the resource.

3.2. Lynne McNiven, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

Working together to achieve more

The ACEs framework provides a well researched explanatory model for the link between exposures to trauma and adversity in childhood, associated inter-generational transmission of adversity and long term negative health and social outcomes. Our work is multifaceted involving collaboration between colleagues from Police Scotland, Public Health, The Violence Reduction Unit and Community Justice who have worked closely to develop and deliver targeted pieces of joint work across Ayrshire.The initial feedback from 3rd sector, police officers, addiction workers and other individuals have highlighted subtle changes in practice which have enhanced experiences. There has been recognition at grass roots level of the ‘Start Where You Are and Do What You Can’ ethos. Multidisciplinary / Agency Teams will discuss the journey undertaken to date highlighting challenges, sharing good practice, lessons learned from their perspective, Interactive session will engage with the audience.

4.1. Stan Gilmour, Thames Valley Police, England

Data analytics for law enforcement and public health in the Reading Model

Individuals are affected by heterogeneous harm events (e.g. crimes, neglect, mental health, adverse childhood experiences) and the police, social care and health are tasked with reducing the likelihood of these events occurring and their harmful impact if they do. Often the identification of individuals or groups most likely to come to harm is done in isolation by each agency. This discussion will unpack the potential when multiagency data is brought together to forecast individuals and groups most likely to come to harm following adverse experiences being recorded by any agency. Currently most decisions on when and where to target public sector resources are ‘clinical decisions’. Public sector agencies need to utilise ‘data analytics’ to identify threat, harm, opportunity and risk which is more accurate than using clinical decisions alone.  However, asnot everything that needs to be considered is quantifiable, best practice blends clinical experience with quantitative evidence. It is simply likely to be more accurate, particularly when dealing with large numbers of cases as it is not possible for all information to be assessed by clinical based decisions.

4.2. Lesslie Young,Epilepsy Scotland

Are you going to kill me? The potential fatal consequences of misinterpreted behaviour

Epilepsy is the world’s most common neurological condition and seizures present in a huge variety of ways involving impaired consciousness and cognition, and sometimes automatism or inappropriate behaviours.  The post-seizure period may be associated with communication difficulties, confusion and impaired cognition, amnesia, emotional instability and post-ictal psychosis. It poses particular challenge to law enforcement through individuals displaying seizure-related behaviour which can be misinterpreted – sometimes with fatal consequences. This session discusses epilepsy and how it can manifest in a law enforcement situation, including automatism behaviour. It describes the effects of the condition beyond seizures and how this may impact the work of police and prosecutors. It also details questions those in law enforcement can ask themselves in identifying whether apparently criminal behaviour is in fact related to seizure activity. This is a practical session, brought to life with thought-provoking case studies and footage.

5.1. Dave Caesar, Project Lift, Scotland

Project Lift: collaboration – learning from practice

This session will illustrate the issues or needs that was this collaborative partnership is addressing. Project Liftis a new approach to recruit, retain, develop and manage talent within Health and Social Care in Scotland to ensure the best, most able leaders reach boardrooms. By identifying supporting, enhancing and growing its talent at every level, we will enable delivery of best outcomes for patients and high quality safe, effective care in our communities.  Project Liftfocuses on embedding a leadership approach underpinned by principles of Collective, Collaborative and Compassionate leadership. The intended impact is for senior leaders in the Scottish Prison Service to use the learning and experiences of others, as well as their own, to inform their ongoing work to enable cultural and transformational change. The collaboration also offers rich experience and learning for the Criminal Justice Team.

We will offer insights and learning from our stories of collaboration from a number of sources: from our live collaborative experiments within leadership, more broadly from Project Liftleadership communities and from our own experiences of collaboration as a Project Liftteam. 

 5.2. Jac Charlier, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, USA

Deciding when to “deflect”: a visual model of police decision-making factors

There is a groundswell of government and police-led innovations designed to link people affected by mental health and substance use issues to treatment and community services. As developments unfold, it is important to share ideas and practices across jurisdictions and collaborate in producing shared conceptual frameworks and models of systems-wide change. Researchers and practitioners across the law enforcement and public health sectors must develop a shared understanding of first responder decision-making and the specific factors that influence officers’ decisions to divert or “deflect” people away from criminal justice interventions.  This session will offer a provisional visual model for considering officer decision-making, incorporating what is known about deflection decision-making and the contextual factors that influence decisions to deflect in different sites. The initiative seeks to develop a robust model of systems-wide change that can guide research and collaborative work to shift strategies aimed at addressing mental health and substance use conditions away from law enforcement/criminal justice responses to community-based treatment. Presenters will workshop the model with attendees and map out how the decision-making processes play out in different contexts.

 6.1. Scott Tees,Police Scotland

 Substance misuse and the impact of stigma

Stigma is recognised as a key factor impacting on People Who Use Drugs (PWUD). It can cause reluctance in individuals to engage with services that could support them in tackling substance use and also any correlated issue(s) that may have been a factor that has resulted in substance use/addiction. The research will be delivered by way of a workshop. Attendees from a cross sector will be invited to provide feedback/stimulate discussion on the following key areas:
How stigmatisation impacts is seen from different organisational perspectives who come into contact with PWUD.
How the contact between organisations and PWUD can positively/negatively impact on the stigmatisation of an individual.
How we can use the learnings to inform organisations how they can positively influence individual/multi-organisational and community culture in relation to the stigmatisationof PWUD
What success looks like/how do we measure it. 

6.2.Carolyn Thom,The Forensic Practice Vancouver, Canada

Canine assisted child forensic interviewing in child abuse cases

This session will include an oral presentation with photographic and video demonstrations that will describe the impact of a Canine Assistance Intervention (CAI) program in a Canadian Child Advocacy Centre, in the context of criminal investigations of child maltreatment. The Centre is a collaborative community approach utilizing a multidisciplinary team including police, child protection workers, medical personnel, therapists, prosecutors and victim advocates. In 2015 service dogs were allowed to join child witnesses in court whilst testifying re child abuse matters.

7.1. Elaine Tomlinson, Police Scotland

Mental health, police and other first responders

Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) supports adults with emotional pain. It provides services with the ability to provide a caring and compassionate response for those in distress. Community Triage is for persons who come into contact with the police in the community and are suffering from mental health crisis. Community Triage is available in 10 out of our 13 local policing divisions. Police Officers can request the assistance of MH professionals to provide advice. The panel will share their experience in relation to the initiatives and outline the intentions, learning and future direction of their work and thereafter be open to questions from the audience. 

7.2. Kevin O’Neill, North & South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Scotland

Distress Brief Intervention (DBI): working beyond frontline boundaries to build connected, compassionate support for people presenting in distress

The need to improve the response for people in distress was strongly advocated by people with lived experience, frontline services and research. In response the Scottish Government established the DBI programme in November 2016 through a national and regional distress collaboration between health and social care, Primary Care, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Emergency Departments and third sector. A clear vision was enunciated: ‘connected compassionate support’ has nurtured the strongest spirit of collaboration. The demedicalisation of distress has been empowering and inclusive. A focus on compassion – “a sensitivity to distress together with the commitment, courage and wisdom to do something about it”, underpins a shared commitment to collective action. Evaluation and outcome questions are asked as standard showing that levels of distress halved from first to final contact. Those who had previously presented in distress prior to the implementation of DBI also reported a much improved experience since DBI has been introduced.

8.1. Leanne Lomas, Australian Federal Police

Collaboration on gender based crime in international policing operations

The Australian Federal Police has a unique international remit and operates one of the world’s most diverse law enforcement international networks at local, national and international levels. Developing collaborative partnerships to support improved police capability in response to Gender Based Violence and Gender Related Crime is an important component of our operations. The AFP has developed its own is Gender Strategy that reflects its commitment to mainstreaming the Women Peace and Security Agenda throughout its International Operations.

Key themes of this strategy include Leading and Role modelling; Building Capability; Engagement and Collaboration. Implementation of this strategy includes a key focus on improving partner police agencies capability to respond to Gender Based Crime across a range of programs. Through the use of visuals and case study examples of Projects/Programs the AFP has engaged in and lived experiences of people involved will be shared and discussed

 8.2. Ellie Lenawarungu, Amuka Limited, Kenya

Understanding the plight of women fleeing conflict: defining a new normality

I am a retired senior female police officer exposed to many challenges and the need to define solutions. After serving more than 30 years in the UK I moved to Kenya. Married to a Samburu I have unprecedented access to the pastoralist community and an insight into the challenges faced by women and girls. I have spent considerable time in Kakuma Refugee Camp home to more than 180,000 people who have fled humanitarian crisis, poverty and conflict. The majority of these are women and children. In this session I will share my reflections as a leader, on how effective our decision making and implementation of solutions are. I will highlight how budgetary, performance and policy matters constrain us.

This session will consider the adverse impact of humanitarian crisis on women and children and its correlation with conflict. This alone defines why law enforcement and public health must work together. I will ask session attendees to consider what we mean by ‘new normality’ and how women must be engaged in defining that. This presentation will be thought provoking and challenging. The relevance is that displaced women and children who are resettled carry with them many of their existing vulnerabilities and so law enforcement and public health have the chance to work together, to review their existing approach and their policies.

9.1. Madeleine Smith,REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, Canada

 Collaborating to provide trauma informed training to frontline workers and law enforcement members

REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities is a backbone organization that works to mobilize and coordinate organizations, community groups and Edmontonians to find innovative solutions to community safety and prevention.  For the last 5 years REACH has supported the Trauma Informed Edmonton Committee (TIE) – a network of leading social service agenciesand the Edmonton Police Services. The committee acknowledges that personal and intergenerational trauma is one of the most salient contributing factors resulting in people’s involvement in the justice and correctional system. The over-arching goal is to ensure services engaging with vulnerable populations are trauma-informed. This initiative is based on a collaborative and innovative approach to delivering trauma informed training, research and networking in Edmonton. TIE`s approach has resulted in front line workers and support staff creating better service outcomes for clients, which in turn contributes to harm reduction and safer communities.  A short Power Point presentation will highlight a recent environmental scan of clients, perspectives on staff knowledge, and trauma informed capacity and a video of the most recent training that speaks to this effective approach to training via interviews with training participants, facilitators, and Indigenous Elders.

9.2. Helen Douglas, North Wales Police

Improving community and individual resilience through social navigation: an early help pathway to address vulnerability

Whilst Police demand for public welfare and safety is increasing, efforts to address vulnerability often result in ‘no further action’ (NFA), with many individuals unable to receive intervention to address their needs. To address the lack of early intervention and preventative activity the Early Action Together Program was developed, a collaboration between Public Health Wales and the four Wales Police Forces and Police and Crime Commissioners, in partnership with Criminal Justice, Youth Justice and third sector organisations. The programme aims to facilitate the start of a transformation of policing and criminal justice in Wales to take a multi-agency, public health ACE and trauma informed approach to vulnerability. Each force are required to develop localised early help referral pathways to address vulnerability at the earliest opportunity and where possible, before statutory intervention is required. North Wales Police are testing Social Navigation models within a policing context, a multi-agency approach which draws on local partners to find a community resolution to address presenting needs or vulnerabilities that do not meet statutory thresholds.

The session will present this model  and early findings from evaluation and research video clips and animations, a case study and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, feedback on outcomes and share good practice.

10.1. Janet Whitely, Workforce Scotland

Collective leadership for Scotland

There is a growing recognition of the need for shared responsibility in leadership and action across public services in Scotland. There is a growing understanding of the need to work differently to achieve better outcomes and tackle inequalities. There is also an increasing understanding of the complex, systemic and interrelated nature of many issues that we are trying to address. With this comes the recognition that no single organisation, group or agency can tackle these alone, and that effective collaboration in support of transformed outcomes is difficult to achieve. Collective Leadershipis an innovative programme of leadership development which works with multi-partner groups of leaders at whatever level they are in the system, seeking to tackle a societal or place-based issue for which they have day to day responsibility, actively drawing on theories and learning relevant to the issue and to leadership. Collective Leadership for Scotlandseeks to reach beyond the boundaries of traditional hierarchies and public institutions tackling issues like, mental health and policing or the links between health and justice.Session participants will be involved in activities that will focus on their own complex issues and have opportunity to reflect on their skills in practice.

10.2. Martin Gallagher, Police Scotland

Policing Paisley in partnership

This session will examine systemic issues in police and NHS incident management; effect of new substance (Etizolam) on local violence profile; measures taken to improve NHS and Police partnerships; measures taken to mitigate rise in violence. Two complimentary but discreet projects will be presented: Joint Police and NHS SLWG formed (Acute Interface Meeting). Protocols revisited, local drug scene information shared, Police undertook NHS staff briefing program and Operation Winter Shield that focused on violence reduction through targeted intelligence led stop and search, licensed premises interventions, focus on street level Etizolam supply. The Panel have been heavily personally invested in the matters above, and are forward thinking individuals who will take questions and comments from the audience during the panel rather than this being an information download, ensuring audience participation.

11.1. Claire Coleman, Police Scotland

Supporting police: understanding CAM and its foundations in the THRIVE Model

Police Scotland is rolling out the Contact Assessment Model (CAM) Project, to transform the way that Police Scotland assesses and responds to vulnerability. In addition to the adopting THRIVE assessment (THRIVE – Threat, Harm, Risk, Investigation, Vulnerability, Engagement) methodology the CAM Project will also seek to introduce a range of alternate resolution options, designed around meeting the needs of the caller. One such leading option at initial point of contact will be Mental Health Pathways (MHP)

In advance of the implementation CAM and the MHP, the only resolution option currently available to Police Scotland Control Room / Service Centre staff dealing with distressed adult callers / people with apparent mental health issues is to arrange for police officer attendance.  Whilst calls of this nature typically generate a high priority police response, police officers receive very limited training in relation to mental health.This will be an informal session where participants will understand what CAM actually means, how it is based on the THRIVE model and what the scale/ scope of it is, as well as how we have implemented it – and how it is being received. We see this as an opportunity to get other policing partners to interact with us and will look for their advice, guidance and some ideas as well.

11.2. Rachel Staniforth, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, England

Fortifying our relationships

Serious and organised crime in Sheffield is rising and it is necessary to explore alternative ways of disrupting serious and organised crime. A co-located team was operationally led by a Partnership Lead (Sheffield City Council), Public Health Lead (Health Education England), and Detective Inspector (South Yorkshire Police).This team actively shares intelligence to disrupt serious and organised crime.  The public health leadership fellow is engaged as public health lead for Operation Fortify and is based within a police building and provides a public health perspective and completes the circle of prevent, prepare, protect and pursue by linking in other organisations from the wider system and bringing attention to the causes of the causes of serious and organised crime.  This session will be a knowledge exchange.  We have a couple of options for making the session interactive and dynamic including role and group analyses of the challenges faced.

12.1. Shannon Walding,Griffith Criminology Institute, Australia

Developing a youth intervention: how to change respect for self, others and police             

Police members of Queensland Police Service recognised a connection between adverse childhood events and teenage difficulty with interpersonal relationships, disengagement from education, inability to obtain employment, poor understanding of health, and low levels of respect for themselves and others. They also acknowledged the link between these issues in adolescence and long-term involvement with the criminal justice system. Police officers designed a unique intervention aimed at small groups of young people in Queensland identified as at-risk and assessed for suitability for the program by a dedicated youth psychologist. The intensive group mentoring program and medium-term follow-up target the overall wellbeing of teenagers through diverse program elements. This session will showcase the innovative nature of Project Booyah. Shannon Walding will present results of the program evaluation and facilitate a discussion around evaluation structure. DSS Frame and David Bartlett will outline the process of turning an idea for an intervention into a multi-site reality, including generating collaborations and obtaining funding along with articulating the program logic and preparing for evaluation. Session participants will workshop how to develop program logic and how they might create similar interventions within their own operating framework.

 12.2. Ian Thomson, Police Scotland

Your wellbeing matters: Police Scotland’s approach to wellbeing and resilience

Working within the emergency services involves exposure to stress including violent and traumatic events which can generate an increased risk of developing mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Police Scotland have created the ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme, to ensure that our officers and staff feel informed, valued and supported – physically, psychologically, socially and financially. The program offers EAP services available 24 hrs a day and TRiM, a trauma focussed peer support system. Furthermore a national network of more than 200 Wellbeing Champions has been established, all receiving NHS accredited Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training. The programme is embedding a culture where the promotion of wellbeing is integrated into all aspects of the organisation.  This is creating a safe positive and healthy working environment for all officers and staff whilstensuring that managers are equipped with effective and practical information, policies and guidance to support the wellbeing of their teams. This session will include input from a serving Police Superintendent, who with 25 years police experience has lived with the challenge of suffering poor mental health throughout a large part of his service.

 13.1. Amber Christensen Fullmer, University of Alaska, USA

Intimate partner violence (IPV) in Alaska: a focus on perpetrators of IPV using a culturally-competent response

Alaska is one of the most culturally diverse states in the United States of America. It is home to many tribes of indigenous peoples as well as a significant immigrant population representing virtually every culture on earth and has the highest rate of intimate partner violence and sex assault. The rate is significantly higher in Alaska’s indigenous populations. The social, justice and correctional systems are failing to address the causative factors of intimate partner violence in the scope of perpetrator motivations. Little work is being conducted in a proactive, preventive arena- further entrenching harmful norms and values in our unique populations. This roundtable discussion will focus on perpetrator traits, behaviours and causative factors in the context of culturally diverse populations with emphasis on indigenous populations. The session will explore perpetrator identification, education, intervention and treatment modalities using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, culturally competent approach. Exploration of successful models in reducing recidivism will be explored. Intergenerational trauma and harm-reduction models with an emphasis on cultural norms and values will be explored. First responders and those in public health have the ability to respond to this public health crisis in a different, more meaningful way.

 13.2. Julie Reiger, Maryborough Educational Centre, Australia

A story of hope: a whole community’s response to disadvantage

Maryborough is a pretty post-goldrush town in Central Victoria, Australia where disadvantage is manifested in avoidable death, low birth-weight babies, mental health problems, family violence and unemployment and complex high risk health compromising behaviours. Many students are affected by adverse childhood experiences. Attendance and low self-belief remain challenges for the school. However, this story is not a tragedy but of love and hope. A raft of interventions was initiated by educators to help students enjoy the present and cultivate belief in the future. This tale will include a baby-animal sanctuary, trauma-informed practice, two dogs, a ‘Nurture Group’, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a wellbeing farm. It will talk of students who left town to study, returning as a new generation of educators and mentors to champion their school and determined to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. This session will be led by two secondary school students from Maryborough Education Centre.

 14.1.  Carlyn Muir, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Australia

Bringing policing for road safety out of the shadows

Road trauma continues to be a global public health problem with between 20 and 50 million people disabled and 1.35 million people are killed annually – 90% of the deaths occurring in low‐and middle‐income countries (LMICs). While a decrease in deaths has occurred in many high‐income countries, this is not the case in LMICs., where deaths are projected to increase by 80% over the next 20 years to become the second leading cause in the global burden of disease ranking.While road safety is an intersectoral issue police have a unique opportunity to achieve road-user behaviour change (and resulting public health benefits) through intensive and strategic enforcement. Police are a lead agency for road safety across government in many LMICs. However currently, prioritisation, institutional support and capacity for road policing in many LMICs is low. In 2017, Monash University (MUARC), WHO and Victoria Police hosted a Workshop on Safe Systems and Police Enforcement for Road Safety, which was attended by Chiefs of Police in selected Pacific Island countries. The focus of this session is to present a case example of the development and implementation of a police capacity building program suitable for LMICs and to bring together operational police, researchers and related agencies to share experiences, challenges and future opportunities for traffic policing in LMICs.

14.2. Lesley Graham, NHS National Services Scotland

A public health approach to police custody healthcare

The Police Care Network was established as a collaborative partnership between the NHS and Police Scotland to improve health and justice outcomes for people in care of the police; reduce health inequalities; and improve community safety through reductions in offending related to health behaviours. The Network works across traditional organisational, professional and geographical boundaries providing national strategic leadership, expertise and advice in relation to the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical services for people in police care. This collaboration has helped to provide holistic, person centred care to those in police custody. This session will showcase the model and demonstrate how by working together NHS and Police Scotland have made the transition from traditional, security orientated custody suites to community justice hubs which focus on health improvement and reducing reoffending as well as criminal justice processes. The session will include short presentations with time for discussion, including the facilitation of ideas on how wider partners can contribute to supporting people through the criminal justice pathway.

15.1. Carolyn Bruce, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Taking a trauma informed lens to law enforcement

There is widening recognition that the experience of engaging in the criminal justice process for survivors of traumatic experiences such as rape and sexual assault can fail to support recovery and actively re-traumatise, leading to disengagement and poor recovery. This work shop will describe a multi disciplinary training and workshop held on the Isle of Shetland for the development of a trauma informed pathway that supports recovery and minimises re-traumatisation for those reporting rape or sexual assault. A multi-disciplinary, multi-agency workshop was facilitated for staff from almost every organisation on the island with a role involving rape and sexual assault survivors. Participants used a trauma informed lens together to identify and evaluate every stage of the survivor journey in terms of the collection of evidence and support of psychological  recovery, including all procedures, processes, contacts, examinations, policies, communications, interactions and environments. After summarising the approach taken on Shetland and relevant implications, participants in this session will use the animated film “Opening Doors” (8 minutes) and prompts provided to create their own trauma informed lens through which to examine their own practice and organization, identifying areas of strength and a plan for any areas for change.

 15.2. Paul Pedersen, Sudbury Police Service, Ontario, Canada

Looking ahead to build the spirit of our women: Learning to Live Free from Violence Project

In response to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) gaining national attention, the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) committed to explore and develop an action plan to respond. In 2014, a partnership was established consisting of members of the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and the GSPS. The mandate was to develop community based strategies designed to address and bring awareness to MMIWG, effectively engaging Ontario and specifically Indigenous communities to end the cycle of violence.  These strategies would include systems to ensure future generations of Indigenous women can live the way they deserve — with safety and respect. An innovative and unique approach was the recruitment of a paid civilian Aboriginal Women’s Violence Prevention Coordinator (AWVPC). The project came to life under the name ‘Looking Ahead to Build The Spirit Of Our Women-Learning To Live Free From Violence’. 

This Marketplace session will explore the mutual benefits of multi-agency collaboration for staffing solutions and discuss the lessons learned and results achieved from a grass-roots local approach to national and multi-generations issues.

 16. Jodie Berry, REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, Canada

Collaborations, systems change and community safety: the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Initiative

24/7 Crisis Diversion is a first-rate example of collaborative leadership. Edmonton police officers spend a disproportionate amount of time responding to ‘social disorder’ call each year.  This represents thousands of events, many of which do not require police intervention and could be better addressed with community supports. 24/7 Crisis Diversion Teams respond to calls directly from emergency services, as well as public dispatch via the ‘211’ line, for citizens experiencing non-emergency crises.  Teams address the crisis at hand and follow a ‘warm handoff’ protocol to connect the person with supports they need 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. The 24/7 Crisis Diversion team responded to 14,412 events in 2018 alone and is seen as an essential service to the City of Edmonton. Robust social media campaigns have reached hundreds of thousands of citizens, providing a non-emergency resource to call when they see a vulnerable person needing help. In this session we will show videos from multiple perspectives of the collaborative, offer an interactive simulation of our real-time information system and engage in frank discussion of the challenges and barriers to the success of the initiative.  We will also personalize the work by showcasing client journey maps of vulnerable Edmontonians who have engaged with our services.



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