- Mar 24, 2023
OPP Officer Saved My Life
Joe Roberts, known as “The Skidrow CEO” was involved in mental health crisis involving a firearm and an OPP police officer in his youth. The outcome was positive for Joe and the police officer. Joe feels that there needs to be more awareness of positive outcomes between people in mental health crisis and the police, and reached out to the OPP Association to offer to help bridge that gap in any way he can. This podcast is the beginning of that outreach to create awareness of the good that police do to defuse situations involving people in mental health crisis.
In 1991, OPP Constable Scott MacLeod answered a typical distress call, a man with a gun, threatening suicide. Just another addict going to jail was his first thought. Little did Scott know his involvement would be the beginning of a life-transforming event for Joe Roberts.
The outcome was positive both for Joe and the police officer. Joe credits PC Scott MacLeod with saving his life. Joe feels there needs to be more awareness of positive outcomes between people in mental health crisis and the police and reached out to the OPP Association to help bridge that gap in any way he can. This podcast is the beginning of that outreach to create awareness of the good that police do to defuse situations involving people in mental health crisis.
Since Joe’s mental health crisis, he has since gone on to become a successful CEO and live a productive life. He is passionate about giving back to the community and raising awareness about mental health and homelessness. He was the driving force behind “The Push for Change”. Joe began pushing a shopping cart across Canada to raise awareness and dollars to end youth homelessness. This national trek started May 1, 2016, from St. John’s, Newfoundland and ended September 29, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia: a 9,064 km, 17-month journey. The shopping cart is a symbol of Joe’s transformation from youth homelessness. It represents the outcome we are trying to avoid for future generations of young people.
OPP Association Director, Rob Jamieson was among the many OPP members and members of the public who walked alongside Joe Roberts on the Push For Change. In this podcast episode Rob interviews Joe about his life changing experience with an OPP officer, when his life challenges began, who inspired him to change, and the Push for Change, an event that Joe is carrying on today with his continued awareness and outreach.
This episode of the 10-5 podcast is produced and hosted by Scott Mills and Emily Brown.
Music – “Line of Fire” by Jason Shaw available at Audionautix.com and used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
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