Rick Parent is a 21-year serving police officer in the
Vancouver area and a former instructor at the Justice
Institute of British Columbia - Police Academy. Rick
holds a Masters degree and PhD from Simon Fraser
University, School of Criminology. His academic training
and research has focused upon police use of deadly force
including the phenomenon of “victim-precipitated
homicide” and “suicide by cop”.
In September 1999, Rick provided a brief account of
his research at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
In November 1999, Rick was awarded the Lieutenant
Governor’s Award for Meritorious Service in recognition
of the academic research that he has conducted in
relation to police use of deadly force.
Rick has testified in court, as an expert witness
in the area of police shootings. He has also
provided expert opinion to attorneys in the United
States and Canada in regards to fatal police shootings
within their jurisdiction. In addition, he has provided
assistance to police personnel investigating fatal and
non-fatal police shootings in Australia, Canada, and the
a counselor and community psychologist specializing in
law enforcement issues, Louise Pyers is a consultant,
educator and direct service provider to law enforcement
professionals on local, state and national levels. She
holds an undergraduate and a Master of Science Degree in
clinical psychology. Louise was recently awarded Board
Certification as an Expert in Traumatic Stress by The
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Her ongoing research with law
enforcement officers around the country focuses on the
subjects of law-enforcement-assisted suicide (suicide
by cop), critical
incident stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. This
research includes the effects of critical incident
stress on an officer's visual and cognitive perceptions
as well as memory recall of unfolding critical events.
contributions also extend to police-community
relations. As a member of a focus group of law
enforcement and community leaders, she participated in
the development an action plan based on a 1998 research
study of public perceptions of police policies and
currently provides employee assistance services and
direct counseling to police officers and their families.
She also serves law enforcement as a trainer of police
academy recruits and as an Incident Response Team
member, providing critical incident stress management
services to officers involved in shootings and other
events with high psychological impact. Ms. Pyers has
provided consultative services to police and attorneys
regarding mental illness, developmental disabilities and
law enforcement assisted suicide.
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