Hamilton’s police chief insists that de-escalation training is working and producing “good results”.
Glenn DeCaire continued to defend his officers, and their handling of individuals with mental health issues, during his monthly town hall on CHML’s Bill Kelly Show on Tuesday morning.
Chief DeCaire notes that officers are put through annual use of force training with a focus on containing situations and individuals, and on communication.
He cited statistics showing that over a recent 90 day period his officers used force four times while dealing with more than 750 “emotionally disturbed” people.
At the same time, the Chief stresses that some people have a “pre-determined course of action” and “aren’t going to dialogue with us”.
The S-I-U ruled last week that two Hamilton police officers were justified in using deadly force when Steve Mesic was gunned down during a confrontation in June.
The director of the Special Investigations Unit denies claims by the Mesic family that there are discrepancies in their report.
Ian Scott adds that he hopes an eventual inquest may give them a better understanding of the events, though he admits it may not satisfy their concerns.