Research with police to improve outcomes of high-stress police encounters

Police officers can find themselves in unpredictable, challenging and highly stressful situations, with only their gear and training to protect themselves and the public. To better prepare officers for the stressful challenges they face in the line of duty, Judith Andersen, an assistant professor in the U of T Mississauga Department of Psychology and Mississauga Academy of Medicine, University of Toronto, is working with Peel Regional Police to implement science-based use-of-force training that includes techniques to help officers control their stress reactivity and improve their split-second decisions. The partnership was announced March 21 at a press conference at Peel Regional Police headquarters in Brampton. —> Read More