Montreal, October 11, 2016 – The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) enthusiastically welcomes the report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Titled Healthy minds, safe communities: supporting our public safety officers through a national strategy for operational stress injuries, the report, released last week, contains sixteen recommendations, many of which relating to recognition of mental health issues for correctional officers.
Last May, Jason Godin and Gord Robertson, respectively National President and Second National Vice President of UCCO-SACC-CSN, participated in the hearings held by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Their testimony, much appreciated by the members, is indeed included in part in the final report. “Inside the walls of the institutions, we are the first responders. Since we’re always out of sight, it is often difficult to recognize the traumatic impact of events that occur in the context of our work. That’s why we wanted to be heard on this very important issue for correctional officers”, said Jason Godin, president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN).
With recommendations that propose the implementation of practical measures, such as the introduction of a legislation that would include a presumption of Operational Stress Injuries for public safety officers, the report submitted by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security shows a step in the right direction. “Now, the recommendations must become actions. We will follow this matter closely in the coming months”, concluded Mr. Godin.
The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) has over 7400 members in five major regions of Canada: British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. UCCO-SACC-CSN represents the job titles of CX1 and CX2 in 49 federal institutions.
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