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  • Saturday, February 21, 2009 11:08 PM
    Message # 119077
    Mike Gunn (Administrator)
    Can peers Supporters be "ordered" to disclose things that were told to them in confidence?
  • Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:13 PM
    Reply # 156453 on 119077
    Deleted user


    I finally got into the members only part of CPSA and saw your topic.  The very short answer is yes.  Currently, there is no protection for peer supporters to talk to peers under the law.  However, in the numerous years peer support has been ongoing there has never been a time where lawyers or adminstrators have forced the issues as far as I know.  Anybody else have anything different?  

    One on ones, defusings, and debriefings are not tactical in nature and no notes are taken.  If ever asked, emotional support was provided; period.  Prior to even answering the question (though is should not ever come) would be to asked the admistrator if they had discussed the question with their chief or sheriff and were they sure they wanted to potentially destroy the peer support program by destroying the confidential nature of the defusing or debriefing, just to get their answer.  

    As a Lieutenant, if I was doing an IA on the officer, I could find other ways to obtain the same information that would be more benificial to the Internal Investigation anyway. 

    Good question though as it always comes up in the basic peer support class...it just doesn't happen.  

    David Bond  


  • Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:02 PM
    Reply # 184575 on 119077
    Don't get into the particulars of the incident.  The peer supporter should focus on stress management and making the employee comfortable.  If you keep it stress management - it should never be an issue.

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