A well-known aspect of policing is the increased risk to officers in the psychological impacts of front-line work, including emotional trauma, cumulative stress, anxiety, PTSD, isolation, depression and a wide array of obstacles and barriers to mental well-being. Beyond sharing exceptionally captivating and heroic personal accounts, the speaker series aims to spark positive conversation about these very topics, many of which were previously ignored or stigmatized.
Each presentation date requires its own registration and is open to all law enforcement audiences. The three separate presentations commence at 9 am PST and range in duration from 120 – 180 minutes and will be hosted via Zoom. You can learn more about the session topics below.
Please click the Register button for each of the sessions you wish to attend.
If you have any questions please reach out to us at beyond2020﹫vpd.ca
April 1, 2021
A Couples Journey to Overcoming Adversity: Cpl. MacWilliams and Det/Cst. Lillejord
Cpl. Jordan MacWilliams from the Delta Police Department and Det/Cst. Stephanie Lillejord from the Vancouver Police Department share their story living and overcoming significant personal and professional adversity.
In 2012, Cpl. MacWilliams shot and killed a hostage-taker at the Starlight Casino. After an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office, Cpl. MacWilliams became the first police officer in BC to be charged with murder in the course of his duties as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
Cpl. MacWilliams and Det/Cst. Lillejord will discuss the challenges they faced through that ordeal as well as further events that compounded their stress in the following years. Through a medical crisis, another police shooting and an unexpected loss of a family member, the couple discuss overcoming these ordeals to maintain a healthy, meaningful relationship with each other and their children.
Facilitated by Cst. Steve Bentley
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
May 5, 2021
Living My Best Life, With PTSD: Sgt. Lane Douglas-Hunt
Sgt. Lane Douglas-Hunt's presentation, will talk about her career from being a young constable and the incident that changed her life. Barely three years on the job and in the middle of training to be the first female on ERT, she was attacked by a man with a knife who wanted to kill a police officer. She sustained significant injuries and was ultimately diagnosed with PTSD as a result of this incident. Sgt. Douglas-Hunt will share how she was petrified of accepting her diagnosis and, even worse, of people finding out about it.
She recovered physically and accomplished her dream of being on the tactical team, but the mental health injuries and journey to accepting her new normal took quite some time to process. Throughout the years' Sgt. Douglas-Hunt came to realize that so many first responders are struggling with mental health injuries and that, although speaking about it requires a level of vulnerability that is anything but comfortable, she has learned that there is so much value in peer to peer support which includes sharing her story.
Sgt. Douglas-Hunt will talk about how she worked through her initial stages of diagnosis, shame, fear and how she accepted these things, worked on them, developed a solid plan of self-care and balance and how this routine has allowed her to come back stronger than ever to accomplish her career aspirations and to living her best life.
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This session was recorded. For more information, please contact us.
June 3, 2021
Dark Nights of the Soul - When Terror Hits Home: Deputy Chief, A.J. DeAndrea
Deputy Chief, A.J. DeAndrea was in a leadership role in three school shootings that changed the fabric of American society and police response to active shootings around the world.
This presentation will be a conversation about resiliency and how good came from tragic events.
Deputy Chief DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School on the first sweep of the building and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Deputy Chief DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006. Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where a deputy was pinned down by gunfire. The officer was rescued without injury. In 2007 Deputy Chief DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Patrol Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) active shooting.
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.