DrinkAware New members meeting. Photo of Mark Bellis. Copyright The Drink Aware Trust Date: 11 January 2010

Mark Bellis

Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention, Professor Mark Bellis has undertaken substantive work in the field of alcohol, drugs, violence prevention and sexual health. Read more

Jones Blantari

Jones Blantari

Chief Superintendent Jones Blantari, Anti-narcotics, Ghana Police, has been involved in the promotion of harm reduction approaches to sex work and drug use for many years. In particular, he has overseen the transition of police practices from using arrest as a common approach to enforce anti-sex worker legislation to harm reduction approaches including police carrying and distributing condoms to sex workers from their weapon holsters. Read more

Michael Brown

Michael Brown OBE

Michael is the Mental Health Coordinator at the College of Policing and a serving officer with West Midlands Police.   He is a recipient of the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for his “significant contribution to improving the lives of people with mental illness” and in 2016 was appointed an OBE in the 90thBirthday Honours for his services to policing and mental health. Read more

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings

Sgt Paul Jennings is a Mental Health specialist sergeant at Hampshire Constabulary, England. Paul is currently developing an operational briefing platform for emergency service personnel and leading the development of a specialist mental health ambulance. Read more

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Martin McKee

Martin McKee CBE MD DSc is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. Read more

Niels Mulder

Niels Mulder

Prof. Dr. C.L. Mulder is a psychiatrist and professor of public mental health. He is program leader of the Epidemiological and Social Research institute at Erasmus University Medical Centre, department of psychiatry, psychiatrist and teacher at BavoEuropoort/Parnassia psychiatric institute. Read more

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The Honourable Marcia Neave AO

The Honourable Marcia Neave AO was a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeals division, from 2006 until her appointment as the Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015. Read more

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Pat O’Hare

Pat O’Hare is a Visiting Professor in Drug Use and Addiction at Liverpool John Moores University; Visiting Professor of the University of Rosario, Argentina; and a member of the Board of Directors of Harm Reduction International. Read more

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Samual Otu Nyarko

Dr. Samuel Otu Nyarko is an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Aside his MD, he holds an MPH and an MPhil in Field Epidemiology from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is an ardent champion of safe abortion care and spearheads the Ghana Police’s cooperation with IPAS.  He heads the Public Health Department of the Ghana Police Service and is a Champion for Mental Health of Police Personnel. Read more

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Allan Rock

Rock has been President of the University of Ottawa since 2008, one of Canada’s leading research universities. He spent 10 years as a member of Prime Minister Chrétien’s Cabinet, with senior portfolios as Minister of: Justice and Attorney General (1993-97); Health (1997-2002) and Industry and Minister of Infrastructure (2002-03). Read more

Sara Thornton

Sara Thornton

Sara Thornton is the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. Read more

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Matt Torigian

Matt Torigian was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety effective June 9, 2014. In this role he also acts as Ontario’s Deputy Solicitor General. Read more

 

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Patrick Widell

Patrick Widell is a Superintendent of the Swedish Police in Stockholm. He has worked within the alcohol enforcement field for several years. Read more

 

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Dawn Wiest

Dawn Wiest is Associate Director, Action Research and Evaluation, with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, New Jersey. Read more

 

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Peter G. van der Velden

Professor of Victimology at INTERVICT, Tilburg University (The Netherlands).  He studies stress and trauma among affected adults residents and employees, and involved rescue workers. He focuses on the relationships and interplay between (pre-event) mental health problems such as PTSD and depression, substance abuse, mental health services utilization, and personality, coping self-efficacy and resilience. Read more

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Auke van Dijk

Advisor to the Amsterdam police chief and strategist with think tank Agora Police & Security. His academic background is in international relations theory and international political economy. He’s been senior advisor to the Committee for Evaluation of Intelligence and Security Services and a member of the Vision on Policing Committee (Council of Chief Police Commissioners) that delivered a comprehensive future policing strategy. Read more

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Annette Verster

Annette Verster is an anthropologist and has worked in the field of HIV and drug use for many years, both at policy level, programme development and in research. As the first AIDS coordinator for the city of Amsterdam she helped developing the Dutch AIDS policy at the start of the epidemic. Read more

 

Expanded bio summaries for invited speakers

DrinkAware New members meeting. Photo of Mark Bellis. Copyright The Drink Aware Trust Date: 11 January 2010

Mark Bellis

Professor Mark Bellis is the Director of Policy, Research and International Development for Public Health Wales, Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention and alcohol lead for the UK Faculty of Public Health. Mark has undertaken substantive work in the field of alcohol, drugs, violence prevention and sexual health. He is the co-founder of Club Health; an international network of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers examining nightlife, substance use and related health issues. Mark is the UK Focal Point to the WHO for Violence and Injury Prevention, an expert advisor to the Home Office, Academic advisor to Public Health England and a member of the WHO global expert advisory panel on violence prevention. He has published over 160 academic papers and more than 200 applied public health reports; many focusing on issues such as alcohol, violence prevention and links between child maltreatment and its health and social consequences across the life course.

Jones Blantari

Jones Blantari

Chief Superintendent Jones Blantari, Anti-narcotics, Ghana Police, has been involved in the promotion of harm reduction approaches to sex work and drug use for many years. In particular, Chief Superintendent Blantari has overseen the transition of police practices from using arrest as a common approach to enforce anti-sex worker legislation to harm reduction approaches including police carrying and distributing condoms to sex workers from their weapon holsters. Jones Blantari has been a key police trainer and harm reduction advocate in Ghana and abroad.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown OBE

Michael is the Mental Health Coordinator at the College of Policing and a serving officer with West Midlands Police.  He has worked on policing and mental health for over a decade and commanded a number of critical incidents involving those of us with mental health problems – including firearms incidents, sieges and multiple homicides.  He drove the creation of seven ‘Place of Safety’ services, including one specifically for children, which have spared many thousands of people the indignity of being detained in custody.  His use of social media under the moniker ‘MentalHealthCop’ to raise awareness of the role played by the police in our mental health system has been nationally and internationally award-winning and he was singled out for commendation by the Home Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament after giving evidence to their inquiry into policing and mental health.  He has worked in South Africa, Namibia and Northern Ireland and has been a visiting lecturer in forensic mental health at Russell Group universities.  He is a recipient of the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for his “significant contribution to improving the lives of people with mental illness” and in 2016 was appointed an OBE in the 90thBirthday Honours for his services to policing and mental health.

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings

Sgt Paul Jennings is a Mental Health specialist sergeant at Hampshire Constabulary, a police service on the south coast of England.

In November 2012, Paul led Operation Serenity, the UK’s first Street Triage response team (a joint crisis response vehicle crewed by police officers and mental health crisis nurses). This award winning team still operates today and has helped to deliver a 70% reduction in the use of police detention powers during mental health crisis incidents.

In February 2013, Paul was invited to speak in Westminster about the effectiveness of Street Triage. 35 forces have followed suit with their own Street Triage models.

In July 2013, Paul’s policing district became one of the first areas in the UK to completely eliminate the use of police custody for the detention of people in mental health crisis.

In July 2013, Paul began to develop SIM; a specialist mentoring model that supports service users displaying highly intensive mental health crisis (the focus of this report)..

In October 2014, Paul recruited a specialist clinical team to deliver ‘Serenity Briefings’: a crisis response course for over 300 multi-agency staff from the NHS, Police, Fire, Local Authority and 3rd Sector partners.

In February 2015, Paul was invited to speak at the annual British and Irish Group for the study of Personality Disorder conference (BIGSPD) and also personally briefed the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office.

From August 2015 to January 2016, Paul completed a five month secondment with the UK College of Policing in New York as a Visiting Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and as a ‘critical friend’ in mental health to the New York Police Department. He also graduated from the NYPD Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training course.

Paul is currently developing an operational briefing platform for emergency service personnel and leading the development of a specialist mental health ambulance that will enable mental health nurses to respond as a blue light response service in their own right.

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Martin McKee

Martin McKee CBE MD DSc qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and President of the European Public Health Association. He has published over 890 academic papers and 44 books and his contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, and Sweden and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia, the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health, in 2014 the Alwyn Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to the health of the population, and in 2015 the Donabedian International Award for contributions to quality of care. In 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He has an active following on Twitter as @martinmckee

Niels Mulder

Niels Mulder

Prof. Dr. C.L. Mulder is a psychiatrist and professor of public mental health. He is program leader of the Epidemiological and Social Research institute at Erasmus University Medical Centre, department of psychiatry, psychiatrist and teacher at BavoEuropoort/Parnassia psychiatric institute. He is involved in research projects concerning help seeking behaviour, motivation and compliance, emergency psychiatry, victimisation, assertive outreach, compliance, and coercion and regularly publishes (inter)national scientific articles and books on these matters. Prof. Mulder is also the chair of the European Assertive Outreach Foundation and a member of the board of the European Community based Mental Health Service providers Network (EuCoMS).

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The Honourable Marcia Neave AO

The Honourable Marcia Neave AO was a judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal division, from 2006 until her appointment as the chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015. The report of the Royal Commission was delivered to government in March 2016.

Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, she was the foundation Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and Professor of Law at Monash University. She is the only academic to be appointed to the Supreme Court in Victoria’s history, with the vast majority of judges practising as barristers prior to being invited to the bench. In 1985, Ms Neave, then Reader in Law at the University of Melbourne, chaired a board of inquiry into prostitution in Victoria, which recommended legalisation of prostitution under defined conditions, removal of most sanctions against prostitutes, and the use of planning controls to control the locations of brothels. Most of the recommendations were accepted and became law in 1986.

She has held a number of distinguished academic positions, including chairs at four different Australian universities and membership of the Hauser Global Law Faculty of the New York University School of Law. She is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a life member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, of which she has been a member for more than 10 years.

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Pat O’Hare

Professor Pat O’Hare, Executive Director of HIT in Liverpool, UK, started working in the drug field in the mid-1980s when he became Drug Education Coordinator for Sefton on Merseyside and then Director of the Mersey Drug Training and Information Centre (later renamed HIT) in Liverpool, which was the pioneering agency that instigated the harm reduction strategy on Merseyside. In 1989 he founded the International Journal of Drug Policy and was editor from 1992 – 2000. He initiated the First International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm in 1990.

He was the founding Executive Director of the International Harm Reduction Association (now known as Harm Reduction International) from 1996 until he stepped down in 2004. During this time he was involved in advocacy globally on drug policy and HIV prevention.

He has edited books on harm reduction, contributed many articles to journals as well as chapters to books and given keynote speeches all over the world. Together with two colleagues from Liverpool, he was awarded the Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine and Treatment by the US Drug Policy Foundation in 1990 and he won IHRA’s International Rolleston Award in 2000.

He is Visiting Professor in Drug Use and Addiction at Liverpool John Moores University; Visiting Professor of the University of Rosario, Argentina; and member of the Board of Directors of Harm Reduction International.

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Samuel Otu Nyarko

Dr. Samuel Otu Nyarko is an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Aside his MD, he holds an MPH and an MPhil in Field Epidemiology from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a Member of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he specialized in Family and Reproductive Health. He is an ardent champion of safe abortion care and spearheads the Ghana Police’s cooperation with IPAS. He is the physician in charge of the HIV/AIDS clinic at the Police Hospital with special interests in STIs, and PMTCT of HIV. He heads the Public Health Department of the Ghana Police Service and is a Champion for Mental Health of Police Personnel. He is a member of the Ghana Police Medical Board where issues of Mental health of Police Personnel are regularly discussed. He speaks three Ghanaian languages and English.

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Allan Rock

Allan Rock has since 2008 been President of the University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s leading research universities.

A 1971 graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practised for over two decades as a trial lawyer in Toronto. In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament, and was re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He spent ten years as a member of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet, holding various senior portfolios: Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993-1997); Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Minister of Infrastructure (2002-2003). He left Parliament in 2003 upon his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where he was deeply involved in humanitarian, peace-building and development efforts, particularly in Africa, Haiti and Sri Lanka. In June, 2012, the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors extended Allan Rock’s mandate as President until June 30, 2016.

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Sara Thornton

Sara Thornton is the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and over the next fifteen years her career alternated between operational postings in West London and strategic roles within New Scotland Yard. She served with Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Acting Chief Constable before holding the role of Chief Constable for eight years until March 2015. She has also been Chair of ACPO Intelligence Portfolio, Vice-Chair of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters, Director of the Police National Assessment Centre and ACPO Vice-President. Sara is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and the International Advisory Board for the Cambridge Executive Police Programme. She is a graduate of Durham University, also holding a Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University alongside honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University. Sara was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2006 and made a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 2011. She has also been recognised with a Career Achievement Award from the Police Training Authority Trustees and the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing.

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Matt Torigian

Matt Torigian was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety effective June 9, 2014. In this role he also acts as Ontario’s Deputy Solicitor General.
Matt began his policing career with the Waterloo Regional Police Service in 1985 and has held progressively responsible positions until his appointment as Waterloo Region’s fifth Chief of Police on December 12, 2007. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (Political Science) and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Western Ontario. Matt is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia as well as the FBI National Executive Institute. He was a contributing author in Contemporary Issues in Canadian Policing (2004), and also completed a research project involving a Process Evaluation of the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s implementation of Community Mobilization. This research led to the development and implementation of a skills based Community Mobilization Practitioners Course for the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Matt was elected President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for the 2011-2012 term, and represented the OACP on the Future of Policing Advisory Committee, the Ontario Police College Advisory Group, the Continuum of Public Safety Personnel Working Group, and the Ontario PTSD Working Group. In addition to his involvement on many provincial, national and international law enforcement agencies and organizations, Matt represented the interests of Ontario police services as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). He also co-chaired the CACP Police Information and Statistics Committee (POLIS) and the National Police Service, National Advisory Committee.

Matt has worked conscientiously toward addressing the root causes of crime, building neighborhood capacity and promoting shared responsibility toward community wellness.

He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, and, in 2012, was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by His Excellency, Governor General David Johnston.

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Peter G. van der Velden

Peter G. van der Velden (Ph.D.) is full professor Victimology at INTERVICT, Tilburg University (The Netherlands) since 2013. Between 2011 and 2013 he was professor Disasters and Mental Health at INTERVICT. In the years  before he was senior researcher and consultant at the Institute for Psychotrauma (The Netherlands). He studied Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University where he defended his dissertation as an external PhD student. His research encompasses a variety of studies on stress and trauma among affected adults residents and employees, and involved rescue workers (police, firefighters, ambulance personnel). He focuses on the relationships and interplay between (pre-event) mental health problems such as PTSD and depression, substance abuse, mental health services utilization, and personality, coping self-efficacy and resilience.

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Auke van Dijk

Auke van Dijk is advisor to the chief of the Amsterdam police and strategist at the think tank Agora Police & Security. He has an academic background in international relations theory and international political economy. He has been senior advisor at the Committee for Evaluation of Intelligence and Security Services and was a member of the Vision on Policing Committee (Council of Chief Police Commissioners) that delivered a new comprehensive strategy for future policing.

He is cofounder of the Agora Police & Security. The Agora is an experimental space for thinking and debate among practitioners and academics. The central aim is to enhance the organisation’s ability to think; more specifically to make sense of the societal context and its current or future consequences for day-to-day policing, and to question the way ‘things are done’ by and in the organisation. The Agora is an ‘intellectual playing ground’ and a ‘safe haven’ for the development of new ideas and for contradicting current insights and policy.

Recent themes in his work are: the common ground of law enforcement and public health, vulnerable groups, policing a diverse society, and values-based leadership.

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Annette Verster

Annette Verster is an anthropologist and has worked in the field of HIV and drug use for many years, both at policy level, programme development and in research. As the first AIDS coordinator for the city of Amsterdam she helped developing the Dutch AIDS policy at the start of the epidemic. In 1994, she was involved in setting up a harm reduction programme for injecting drug users in Rome. Here she also participated in a number of socio-behavioural research projects related to drug dependence and started the Cochrane Review Group on Drugs and Alcohol as coordinator.

She published a number of peer reviewed papers and technical documents on the evidence of harm reduction and a public health approach to HIV in people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people in prisons.

In 2006, she joined the HIV department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she leads the work on key populations (i.e. people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and people in prisons).  At WHO she has developed the normative tools and guidelines for key populations, which were brought together in the 2014 WHO Consolidated Guidelines for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations and its supplement in 2015 Tool to set and monitor targets for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.

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Patrick Widell

Patrick Widell is a Superintendent of the Swedish Police in Stockholm. He has worked within the alcohol enforcement field for several years. For some years he has educated police officers around Sweden, Norway and Denmark in how to make inspections at nightclubs and bars. He has much of experience within the crime prevention field as a former head of a community police station, and has worked closely together with the public health sector to prevent violence and other harms.

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Dawn Wiest

Dawn Wiest is Associate Director, Action Research and Evaluation, with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, New Jersey. At the Coalition she leads the development of Camden ARISE, an integrated data project involving collaboration among healthcare, law enforcement, criminal justice, education and other social service domains with the goal of using cross-systems data to drive innovative strategies for improving health and other outcomes in Camden, NJ. Dawn also contributes methodological and statistical expertise to research and evaluation projects involving several other of the Coalition’s data holdings. Prior to joining the Camden Coalition, Dawn was senior research analyst at the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia. She has also worked as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis and as a researcher with the Women’s Prison Association in New York City.