Many Law Enforcement Officers Trained To Defuse Violent Encounters With People With Mental Illnesses

The Sacramento (CA) Bee (8/25) “Sacto911” blog reported that “thousands of law enforcement officers around the country…have been trained in techniques to help officers defuse potentially violent encounters with” people with mental illnesses, and such “Crisis Intervention Team training has helped reduce use-of-force incidents involving mentally unstable people.” A study recently “published in a journal of the American Psychiatric Association concluded that officers who took [crisis intervention] courses were more likely to refer people to mental health services than arrest them.”

Related Links:

— “Police say violent encounters with mentally ill people on rise,” Cynthia Hubert, Sacramento Bee, August 25, 2014.

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