Sergeant Beth Milliard

York Regional Police Service
Peer Support Unit

SERGEANT BETHMILLIARD isPeer Support Unit, with York Regional Police. She has been a member of York Regional Police since 2002. InJanuary of 2013, she was assigned by the Chief of Police to head up hisOccupational Stress Injury Project and to use the Ombudsman of Ontario’s Report“In the Line of Duty”, as a guideline to conduct a comprehensivereview of the capacity of York Regional Police to prevent and manage operationstress injuries. As the officer in charge of the Peer Support Unit, Sgt.Milliard co-ordinates and implements mental health training and education forYork Regional Police members, is responsible for the internal Peer Support Teamand Project Safeguard, liaises and consults with psychologists, and isresponsible for the on-going implementation of recommendations from theOmbudsman’s Report. Sgt. Milliard obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree inPolitical Science & Criminology from the University of Windsor in1996.  She graduated with a Master ofArts in Leadership from the University of Guelph in 2010. She has been a part-timeinstructor in the Police Studies Program at Georgian College since 2009. Sgt.Milliard’s thesis, “Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. A Leadership Strategy for Promotingthe Psychological Well-Being of Police Officers”, is referenced in theOmbudsman’s Report, was used as research in the revision of the ProvincialAdequacy Standard LE-036 Child Exploitation and was used in the creation of aSafeguard Program for York Regional Police. Sgt. Milliard has also completednumerous courses specific to mental health to assist members and to create andimplement a mental health strategy for all York Regional Police employees.