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Our Members. Our Focus. Our Strength.

OPP Provincial Constable James Giovannetti discusses the Dufferin Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) on 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association.

When MCRT deals with a mental health call, the patient is transported to hospital less than 7% of the time. If the team does take a patient to hospital, the process is streamlined quickly, freeing up the police officer and nurse team to be available for other calls.

The nurses working on the team are able to get the patients into the mental health system efficiently, which takes workload off Emergency Room nurses. In 2023, through the partnership of the MCRT with the local hospital, wait times in the ER have been reduced, despite the number of calls for mental heath rising.

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.


The first Ontario Police Suicide Memorial hosted by Canada Beyond the Blue will occur at Queen’s Park Cr., Toronto on Sunday June 23, 2024 at 11am.  

Dilnaz Garda, the President of Canada Beyond the Blue is our guest on 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss what the Ontario Police Suicide Memorial is, the significance of the planned annual event, and to welcome Members and their families to RSVP and attend the event.  

For sworn and civilian members attending, the mustering location is in the lot opposite the front steps of the Provincial Legislature at Queen’s Park at 10:15am. For Members attending, #1 Dress is encouraged but not mandatory. A full security plan for the event is being managed by the Toronto Police Service.

The OPP Association along with the Police Association of Ontario and the Toronto Police Association have partnered with Canada Beyond the Blue in believing that Members who have died by suicide are deserving of a formal Memorial effort that recognizes the positive impact of their lives and legitimizes the grief of those who carry on their memory.

The relentless exposure to on-the-job trauma can significantly impact the mental health of police members. Establishing a distinct Memorial not only dignifies their service but also prompts stakeholders to advocate for comprehensive policies addressing the mental well-being of police members and their families.

Canada Beyond the Blue is committed to ensuring these individuals are never forgotten, and that their names are spoken aloud and meticulously recorded to honour their service and acknowledge their tragic loss.  

For families of Members who have died by suicide, the criteria and application to have your loved one honoured is posted on the Canada Beyond the Blue website. Please note that the collection of names is an ongoing effort that will continue after the inaugural event.  

For FAQ’s and to RSVP your attendance to the event, visit Canada Beyond the Blue website. An invite for families can be read here.

The Board of Directors of the OPP Association will be in attendance and encourage all Members and their families to support the Ontario Police Suicide Memorial.  The OPPA suggests public transportation for easiest access to the downtown area. The closest TTC Subway stop is Queen’s Park and the event is walking distance just north of that station.  

If anyone requires mental health support please reach out to our OPPA Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program 24/7 EncompasCare.ca or 1-866-794-9117.

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.


June is Pride Month. OPP Provincial Constable Tate Pearson of the Dryden Detachment joins 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss his gender transition journey. 

There are a number of resources available regarding the 2SLGBTQIA+ community posted on the OPP Connections Intranet for OPP members. 

Three online resources publicly available are:

TCOPS International – Transgender Community of Police and Sheriffs

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Building Relationships: A Guide to Policing and 2SLGBTQ+ Communities

Serving With Pride – Inspiring Change from the Inside, Out

The OPP Association is the sole bargaining agent for the close to 10,000 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. Our members are our focus and our strength. We aim to provide important information to our members and the public about matters that affect policing in the province of Ontario.


Sherri deGroot, Director Brand and Business Development at the OPPA Credit Union joins 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss the benefits of membership in the OPPA Credit Union. For OPPA Members, the OPPA Credit Union is your financial backup for life.

If you are an OPPA Member, the OPPA Credit Union  is tailor-made to fit you and your family as your unique life evolves. They help you and your family grow financially secure within the context of your income and pension. The OPPACU make it easy for you to move money around (even between financial institutions). They also make it easier for you to move around; you can move homes without triggering mortgage penalties. The staff at the OPPA Credit Union are on the same team, and they care about your well-being. They will figure out how to put the numbers on your side regardless of how your life unfolds.

Key messages discussed in this podcast include: 

  1. New updated banking/app launched on April 9th, 2024
  2. Partner Discounts ( digital wills, APR, Pet Insurance etc.)
  3. Investment / Lending team specialist teams
  4. Live answer Member service
  5. Account fees – minimun balance
  6. Member rates
  7. Accessibility across the province through the ATM network / online banking
  8. Personal touch service – live answer – dedicated representatives, small team
  9. New FHSA (First Home Savings Account)
  10. Common financial errors among young members making – not setting up auto savings, over extending on vehicles
  11. Common financial errors among veteran members – not having a decumulation strategy for tax mitigation
  12. Importance of wills and POA’s – Clear Estate

To learn more about the OPPA Credit Union visit their website oppacu.com.

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.

The OPP Association is the sole bargaining agent for the close to 10,000 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. Our members are our focus and our strength. We aim to provide important information to our members and the public about matters that affect policing in the province of Ontario. 


OPP Provincial Constables Sandra Mouland and Darryl Clark of the Kenora Detachment join 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss their role working as veteran “accommodated” police officers (Sandra is diagnosed with Lupus and Darryl is diagnosed with PTSD) in the Kenora OPP’s General Patrol Support Unit (GPSU).

The police officers support the frontline OPP officers in Kenora and area doing much needed valuable work obtaining, analyzing and investigating video evidence in partnerships with a number of community agencies and citizens to prevent and solve crime.  One of the programs that they are involved with is CAMSafe, which is a CCTV and security video registry aimed at keeping communities safe and assisting police solve crime, equivalent to “Neighbourhood Watch 2.0”.

The OPP Association is the sole bargaining agent for the close to 10,000 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. Our members are our focus and our strength. We aim to provide important information to our members and the public about matters that affect policing in the province of Ontario. 


Ontario Provincial Police Official Photographer Jayne van der Veen joins 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss her job and career. 

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.

Music – “Line of Fire” by Jason Shaw available at Audionautix.com and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

The OPP Association is the sole bargaining agent for the close to 10,000 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada. Our members are our focus and our strength. We aim to provide important information to our members and the public about matters that affect policing in the province of Ontario. 


Provincial Constable Ed Dizon was the Class Valedictorian of OPP Experienced Police Officer (EPO) Class 514. A total of 37 experienced police officers graduated on March 8, 2024 in Orillia. Ed joins the 10-5 Podcast to discuss the reasons he joined the OPP after 25 years with the Toronto Police Service. The OPP is always hiring. For more information  visit the OPP website on the Careers section opp.ca/careers

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.


Listen to this 10-5 Podcast episode and more on the public and members only section of OPPA.ca as well as on all major podcasting platforms. Click on photo above for all podcast platorm links.

Two additional OPP officers, who died in the line of duty in 2023, Sergeant Eric Mueller of the Russell County Detachment and Detective Constable Steven Tourangeau of the Perth County Detachment will be added to the Ontario Police Memorial. The 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Ceremony of Remembrance will take place at Queen’s Park Cr., Toronto, on Sunday May 5th, 2024, at 11am. 

There are two historical names being added this year, Chief Edward Lavery of the Town of Prescott Police who died in 1928, and Detective Sergeant Thomas A. Whitelaw of the Metropolitan Toronto Police who died in 1938.

In this 10-5 podcast episode, OPPA Director and Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Board Member, Lynn Neale is our guest speaking about what to expect at the 2024 Ceremony of Remembrance. 

The event is open to the public and media. Families of all fallen officers, dignataries, as well as police members, sworn officers, civilian members, retirees, and their families and friends are invited. 

For more information visit the official Ontario Police Memorial Foundation blog

There is funding available from the OPP Association to eligible OPPA members. The funding application form can be accessed on the OPPA.ca members only website. If you are a member and need assistance to access the OPPA members only website please email oppa@oppa.ca.

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.

Music – “Line of Fire” by Jason Shaw available at Audionautix.com and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0


Veronique Boucher is the daughter of Retired OPP Provincial Constable Guy Boucher, who died by suicide shortly after retiring from a career as an OPP Provincial Constable.

She joins 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to discuss her father’s career and his tragic death. Veronique aims to provide hope to other police families facing mental health issues by sharing her story.

Veronique’s mother, Lynn Boucher, wife of Guy Boucher, joined the 10-5 Podcast with her perspective in late 2023. You can listen to that episode “Trauma the Silent Killer” by clicking here.

If you, or a member of your family is struggling with mental health, the OPPA’s Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program is available 24/7 to OPPA members and their families online at EncompasCare.ca or by calling 1-866-794-9117.


Ontario Provincial Police Association Senior Advisor of Pension and Benefits Caitlin Fournier is the guest on 10-5 The Official Podcast of the OPP Association to explain Life, AD&D, Critical Illness Insurances for OPPA members. 

Insured Benefits Inquiries:

Reference information is posted on the members only side of OPPA.ca

Issues with claims, customer service? Contact Target Benefits 1-888-660-6055 toll free, or 1-416-740-1335, or by email target@wlvinc.com. Canada Life VIP Toll-Free Line – 1-888-381-4401.For member inquires to the OPPA Benefits Team please email benefits@oppa.ca. If you are unable to login please email oppa@oppa.ca for assistance. 

Inquiries about this podcast episode or ideas for future episodes can be directed by email to communications@oppa.ca.

Music – “Line of Fire” by Jason Shaw available at Audionautix.com and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0