PTSD Among Ontario Provincial Police Officers Contributing to Personnel Shortage: Auditor General | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Ontario’s auditor general says medical leave taken by Ontario Provincial Police officers with post-traumatic stress disorder is significantly contributing to understaffing at detachments across the province.

The audit found that in 2020 more than 1,000 front-line police positions were vacant, about a quarter of all those positions in the OPP.

Claims from the Insurance and Workplace Safety Board for exposure to psychosocial situations, including incidents that led to diagnoses of PTSD, resulted in 11,037 days of leave in 2020.

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Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says the growing number of OPP officers submitting claims to the WSIB for PTSD and other mental health injuries is a symptom of an ongoing mental health issue and officer stress.

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She says the personnel shortage led to 28 percent fewer patrol hours, and 26 municipalities received less than half the hours of police services they needed.

The audit also found that regions with more front-line officer vacancies solve fewer crimes.

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