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Oregon Agency's New Mental Health Crisis Response Policy Urges De-escalation

January 06, 2015  | 

The Portland (Ore.) Police Bureau has drafted a much-expanded policy that stresses the need for officers to recognize behaviors "characteristic'' of mental illness and safely de-escalate encounters, reports the Oregonian.

The new "Mental Health Crisis Response'' directive requires officers to use special skills to avoid unnecessary violence and potential civil liability.

The mental crisis response policy follows a federal judge's approval last summer of a negotiated settlement between the city of Portland and the U.S. Department of Justice that required changes to Portland police policies, training and oversight. The settlement stemmed from a federal investigation that found police had a pattern of using excessive force against people with mental illness or people perceived to have a mental illness.

In deciding how to respond to a call involving someone suffering a mental health crisis, officers are given response options, including not engaging with the person, walking away from a call, or delaying taking the person into custody if police can return at a safer time.


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plato's playdough @ 1/7/2015 2:42 AM

Offer them a hamburger. Then ask if they would like cheese on that burger. Then ask if they would like straight fries or curly fries. Then ask if the toilet facilities will be acceptable to their high standards.

Holy Apple Turnovers, Batman, we're fu*k*n Fast Food Workers now....

Potatos Bonkers have no accountability. If they can't respond to Officer commands, they should have been off the Fu*k*n streets. They've been KNOWN to attack Officers, then their attorney or family says they were just standing there with their thumb up their butt, cuz they didn't learn proper people skills when they were in school.

Now CLEAN UP that damn bathroom.

Hahaha @ 1/7/2015 11:38 AM

That's not how this goes. That's not how any of this goes.
No decent value on life I take it. Must work for my local PD's department.
Don’t be killing folk on Breach of peace calls!

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