The Tampa Police Department will soon have officers and mental health professionals in the same vehicle on patrol.
The two-person teams will be tasked with fighting crime while helping citizens who are struggling with behavioral issues, many of which go undiagnosed.
The mental health crisis in Tampa is growing by the day, according to Tampa Police. In 2020, officers on patrol were handling 14 cases per day when answering calls, the majority of which involving the mental health of citizen, WFLA reports.
Tampa Police Officer Angie Torres has done this partnership before with San Diego Police, She calls it the perfect pairing — the police and the professional. One handles crime; the other handles crisis.
Licensed clinicians need to apply for the full-time job, including a competitive salary, full benefits and a $1,000 signing bonus.