Trauma, Mental Health, and Our Front Line Responders – May 6, 2021

Why Our Approach has Been Wrong All Along and Why We Have to Change

In Collaboration with Odd Squad Productions and the Safer Schools Together

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Login: 8:30 am Pacific Time (Vancouver, BC)
Session: 9:00 am–11:00 am Pacific Time (Vancouver, BC)
90-minute session, with a 30-minute Q&A to follow

Click here to register on SST website

According to Bob Rich, former Chief of Police for the Abbotsford Police Department, “The average person encounters around 4 events in their lifetime that could cause them a traumatic injury. During their career a police officer will encounter around 100-400 events that may cause trauma and lead to PTSD.”

Chief Rich is no stranger to the impact trauma can have on a police force. In 2015, Abbotsford PD lost two members to suicide. In 2017, his detachment lost Const. John Davidson when he was killed in the line of duty. It was at Davidson’s memorial that Chief Rich instructed his members to “take a knee” and urged them to take their mental health just as seriously as they take their physical health. “If you’re struggling, get help. Talk to a counsellor, ask your family for help, take sick days, do whatever it takes to get well.”

Chief Rich says that far too often, police officers ignore operational stress injuries. He says that the “suck it up attitude” in policing needs to end. In this session, Chief Rich will share why he has become an advocate for police mental health. Using data and research, Chief Rich will answer the question that many members often ask themselves in the aftermath of traumatic events, “Can we do this job and still be ok?”

This session will include:

  • Stats on mental health for police officers and first responders
  • Is PTSD inevitable for police officers?
  • The stress wheel – What is pushing in on us?
  • “Organizational stress” – A euphemism for how we are hurting our own people
  • Prevention Strategies: Rather than try to fix the people who get seriously hurt, how about if we stop it from happening?
  • How we can minimize the potential for trauma for members who are going to hard calls
  • Brain Science: What happens with trauma and how does it become PTSD?
  • How we can interrupt the process of trauma leading to PTSD?
  • Building healthy organizations
  • Fostering true resiliency
  • The way forward
Click here to register on SST website

Understanding Auto Theft – June 24 & 25, 2021


Retired Vancouver Police Detective Phil Ens will walk you through the latest in auto and marine theft techniques from shaved keys, changing VIN/ HIN to how the internet is being used to manipulate individuals and corporations alike out of their property. Det. Ens was an auto theft investigator for more than 24 years and is a court-recognized expert. He has spoken across North America on this subject.

Dates and Time:June 24, 2021 between 1300-1600
June 25, 2021 between 0900-1200
(Two half-day training sessions)
Location:Online via Zoom (details will be send after registration)
Price:Individual pricing: $129
Group rate (7-12) or corporate pricing: $799
Please contact us for groups of 13 or more people.
Understanding Auto Theft is for: All auto insurance companies, auto dealers, marine dealers, fraud and insurance investigators, and all law enforcement organizations – specifically specializing in property crime, fraud, auto theft, marine, patrol, or general duties.


  1. Current Auto Theft Methods
    Learn about shaved keys and ignition compromising techniques to the cloning of keyless entries and how receivers can be used to steal transponder information.
  2. Tools and Techniques
    Information about the latest on auto theft trends, investigations, prevention, GPS, RFID tracking, cameras and “Bait Property”, catalytic converter theft.
  3. Marine Theft
    Discuss today’s marine theft issues from boats, PWC’s and motors. Learn to locate the secondary HIN, How the re-HINing of stolen watercraft is done and how to deal with Transport Canada on their registration abilities.
  4. Auto Theft and the Internet
    Examine a case study on how criminals used the Internet to sell stolen parts from over 20 high end automobiles. Learn how the “Bait and Switch” was used to obtain these cars and how parts from six stolen cars were used to build one of the suspect’s vehicles.
  5. The Auto Wrecker Atrocity
    Walk through the investigation of a corrupt auto wrecker and how stolen and fraudulently obtained cars were being disposed of.

This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions (, Safer Schools Together, ( and the not for profit Law Enforcement Training Association (

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