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VICTORIA, March 24 /CNW/ - The
British Columbia Police Association, (BCPA), is seeking reforms to the
Workers Compensation Act that will permit appropriate treatment for
police officers suffering from mental stress.
BCPA President, Tom Stamatakis, says he is "encouraged" by the response from provincial MLAs to the Association's request at meetings
in Victoria over the past two days.
"I believe that government and opposition MLAs we met with understand that the stress our officers face on the job isn't always
the result of what the Workers Compensation Act calls a 'single, sudden
and unexpected event.' We want the Act amended to reflect the reality
that mental stress also occurs as a result of an accumulation of
events," says Stamatakis.
"Just as repeated concussions and blows to the head lead to brain damage in hockey players, or other athletes, the cumulative effects of
stress can cause chronic psychological injuries, including Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder, in police officers," he adds.
The BCPA wants the province's Workers Compensation Act reformed to bring it into line with Ontario's legislation and with the rules
governing the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces in the area of stress
Stamatakis notes that the reforms proposed would eliminate the legal and health costs associated with lengthy appeals for compensation for
stress, will lead to appropriate care being delivered sooner and result
in a shorter time off work.
The 2,500-member British Columbia Police Association (BCPA) represents the members of the province's 12 police associations and
unions. Its aim is to encourage improvements in the working conditions,
equipment, training and compensation of its members, and, by so doing,
improve policing service to the public in B.C.'s municipalities. Its
motto and mission statement is, "To Protect Those Who Protect Others."
For further information: Tom Stamatakis, President, BCPA, (604) 312-7737