National Police Federation – Mass Casualty Commission Recommendations
Following the mass casualty that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18-19, 2020 the Federal Government and the Nova Scotia Provincial Government created, by a joint mandate, an independent public inquiry – the Mass Casualty Commission (MCC).
In order to share the perspectives of our Members, who were directly involved in the RCMP response to the mass casualty, and to address public safety concerns, the NPF was granted formal partipant status by the Commission and has been deeply engaged throughout the MCC process. The following report shares our recommendations stemming from the MCC, considering Members’ perspectives and how to improve community and Member safety across the province and rest of Canada.
Many of the NPF’s recommendations are oriented toward ensuring its Members will be better resourced, equipped, and supported the next time they are called upon to respond to a major critical incident.
In total, we have advanced 28 recommendations to the MCC and Government focused on improving public safety in Nova Scotia. These recommendations are organized into seven main themes: police resourcing, provincial policing standards, Member mental health, support for victims and families, air support, improved technology, and support for critical incident response.
1. Optimization of Police Resources in Nova Scotia
Conduct a police resourcing model and funding formula review to identify and maintain an effective level of police personnel, and related resources.
2. Implementation of Comprehensive, Consistent Policing Standards
Enhance the provincial police training standards, focusing on increasing the consistency of training standards and collaboration across different police services. The directive of training standards should include a basic set of standards that each police service is required to maintain
3. Enhanced Support for Member Mental Health
Establish policies to define the role of the police family liaison officer with proper training and, clear guidelines, and protocols. Ensure that all needs that cannot be met by police are met by other agencies.
4. Multi-Agency Supports for Victims and Families
Take steps to address organizational stressors which contribute to the risk of OSI in its Members. Improvements to post-critical incident supports. The RCMP provide evidence-based training and peer support to spouses and families of RCMP Members.
5. An Emergency Air Support Strategy for the Atlantic
Develop and implement an Emergency Air Services Strategy to ensure air support is available to support all police services in Atlantic Canada during critical incidents, 24/7/365.
6. Improved Technology for Situational Awareness and Interoperability
Examine and implement encrypted radio and enhanced GPS systems that allow for increased situational awareness, including increased interoperability between police services and other public safety personnel.