Psychologist tells committee more training will not stem problems in policing

APTN News (Canada)
Pub Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 05:59

A psychologist appearing before the House of Commons Public Safety committee told Members of Parliament that more training will not stop racism in policing or how officers act.

&;If you put people into a system where the ethos is that it&;s an us vs them mentality, the training doesn&;t matter because they get hooked into that system,” said Myrna Lashley, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University. “They have to work with those people who believe there&;s a warrior perspective going on.&;

The committee has now heard hours of presentations on the effects racism in the police force is having on Indigenous and other communities.

MPs learned that youth, inexperience mixed with a lack of training also plays a role in the continuation of mistrust and incidents between police and the people they’re supposed to serve.

That is especially true in the north where the RCMP may be the only federal service in a community.