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Dr. Ron Hoffman

Dr. Ron Hoffman
Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Assistant Professor
office: A344
email: ronhoffman@nipissingu.ca
ext: 4565

BIO

Dr. Ron Hoffman was formerly an instructor and the coordinator of mental health training at the Ontario Police College (OPC), a centralized police training facility operated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Prior to his commencing duties at OPC, Ron held various positions including police officer, probation and parole officer, and college teacher.  While at the Ontario Police College, he coordinated the Basic Constable Training (recruit), Advanced Patrol Training (refresher), Coach Officer Training (field training officer), and Crime Prevention Training Programs, and was responsible for reviewing Coroners’ Inquest recommendations pertaining to police training and procedures. In July of 2015 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario.

Notable projects Ron has been involved in include his role as project coordinator for the development of the police National Use of Force Framework, co-authoring, "Not Just Another Call...police response to people with mental illnesses", assisting in the re-design of provincial police refresher training and developing a police trainee field training manual for coach officers.

The subject of Ron’s Master’s thesis in psychology was the history of the care and treatment of persons with mental health disorders in Ontario. He earned a PhD from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on the development and validation of the interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS), an instrument designed to enhance the ability of front-line police officers to identify and respond to persons with serious mental health disorders. Ron is an Associate Fellow of interRAI and serves on the international Network of Mental Health (iNMH), a group of researchers and clinicians who meet annually for a scientific conference related to international research on mental health assessments. 

Education:

BA, Carleton University;
MA, Carleton University;
PhD, University of Waterloo

Areas of Specialization:

​Police response to persons with mental disorders; 
Communication and de-escalation techniques used by police officers; 
Mental health screening performed by front-line emergency responders; 
Forensic mental health system in Ontario; 
Police response to vulnerable populations; 
Probation and parole.

Research Interests:

​Developing evidence-based police training for responding to persons with serious mental disorders;
Mental health and cognitive status screening by front-line criminal justice personnel; 
Characteristics of persons with mental disorders who have frequent contact with police officers; 
Persons with intellectual developmental disabilities and the criminal justice system.

Publications:

​Hoffman, R. & Brown, G. (2016). The interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener: A collaborative evidence-based approach to a mental health crisis. Blue Line Magazine, August/September.

Brown, G. P., Hoffman, R., & Siegel, L. (2016). Criminology: The Core. Third Canadian Edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson Pub.

Hoffman, R., et al. (2016). The use of a brief mental health screener to enhance the ability of police officers to identify persons with serious mental disorders, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160252716300449

Hillier, L., Harvey, D., Conway, C., Hunt, J., & Hoffman. R. (2016). Finding Your Way™: A collaborative approach to increase awareness of missing person events among persons with dementia. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 6(2), 107-118. doi: 10.2217/nmt.15.72

Hirdes, J.P., Hoffman, R., Brown, G.P. Barbaree, H., & Curtin-Telegdi, N. (2015). interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS) Assessment Form and User’s Manual: A screening level assessment for use by police officers and other front-line service providers. Version 9.3, Washington, DC: interRAI.

Pizzingrilli, B., Hoffman, R., & Hirdes, D.P. (2015). A protocol to reduce police wait times in the emergency department. Healthcare Management Forum, 28, 134-138.http://hmf.sagepub.com/content/28/4/134.full

Hoffman, R. (2011). Police Trainee Field Training Manual. Ontario Police College, Queen’s Printer.

Brown, G., & Hoffman, R.E., (2007). Dangerous Medicine: Social control of the mentally ill and the police role. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health: Concepts, Policy, and Practice. Canadian Western Geographical Series, 41, 227-241.

Hoffman, R. E., & Putnam, L. (2004). Not Just Another Call...Police Response to People with Mentally Illness in Ontario: A practical guide for the front line office. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, http://www.pmhl.ca/webpages/reports/Not_Just_Another_Call.pdf

Hoffman, R. E., Lawrence, C., & Brown, Gregory P. (October 2004). Canada's National Use of Force Framework for Police Officers, Police Chief, 125. http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=1397&issue_id=102004

Brown, Gregory P., & Hoffman, R. E. (2000). The Re-Design of Advanced Patrol Training for Police Constables in Ontario: Making Use of Evaluation to Maximize Organizational Impact and Efficiency. The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 15(1), 83-100.

Hoffman, R. E., Hutchin, P., Shannon, T., & Succi, M. (1995). Systematic Approach to Police Training. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette, 57(4), 12.

Hoffman, R. E. (1993). Developing a Use-of-Force Training Model for the Province of Ontario. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette, 55(10) 19.

Hoffman, R. E. (1992). Overview of Adult Learning Theory, Report on High Impact Learning Methodologies. Strategic Planning Committee on Police Training and Education, Government of Ontario.

Hoffman, R. E. (1992). Small Group Learning, Report on High Impact Learning Methodologies. Strategic Planning Committee on Police Training and Education, Government of Ontario. 

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in Canada
  • Law and Society
  • Police and Vulnerable Populations

Awards:

2015 Amethyst Award - For outstanding achievement by Ontario Public Servants received for the development of the interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener to enhance the ability of Ontario police officers to identify and respond to persons with serious mental disorders.

2011 Ovation Award Certificate of Recognition for Innovation - Recognition for innovation in developing training for police officers on responding to persons with a mental health disorder. Highest award given by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Government of Ontario.

2008 Award of Excellence in Leadership - Canadian Police / Mental Health Liaison Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) for efforts to train front-line patrol in how to effectively interact with persons with mental illness.

2001 Ontario Public Service Excellence Lanyard - Recognition for contributions to the Quality Service Initiative for the Justice Sector 2001 for Assessment phase and team lead for planning phase.

2001 Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Recognition Plaque - Recognition by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for role as Project Coordinator for initiative that led to development of a National Use of Force Framework by “demonstrating both leadership and marked perseverance in bringing it to a successful conclusion".

2000 Amethyst Award - For outstanding achievement by Ontario Public Servants received for the re-design of the Advanced Patrol Training Course, creating a model system for program delivery.

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