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Indiana Agency Hires Full-Time Social Worker

The Bloomington Police Department recently hired a full-time professionally trained social worker to help the agency serve members of the public who are struggling with addiction, homelessness, or mental health issues.

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Denver Sending Civilians, Not Police to Some Mental Health Calls

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen says when it comes to crisis calls that do not involve a weapon or threat to other community members police may not always be the best response.

Crooks at Your Local Library

Public libraries have become havens for a vast assortment of people, many of whom are actual or potential criminals.

California Legislature Passes Bill on De-Escalation, Use of Force Policies

If the bill becomes law, police agencies would have to adhere to statewide requirements that officers be instructed in ways to de-escalate confrontations. Officers would also be required to receive training in dealing with individuals who are homeless, mentally ill, in distress, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Great Cops are Both Helpers and Warriors

Progressive politicians want to turn you into social workers; someday when they need a warrior they will regret that decision.

How to Speak to the Mentally Ill

Barking orders and giving demands to someone who is already agitated will only make things worse.

Video: Articulating Interactions with Mentally Ill Subjects Using Mnemonics

Attorney Missy O'Linn discusses the mnemonics that can help officers explain their actions after an incident involving a mentally ill or unstable subject.

Chicago Officer Shot in Chest, Saved by Body Armor

An officer with the Chicago Police Department was responding to a domestic incident involving a subject with an undisclosed mental illness when he was shot in the chest by a suspect who was holding his parents hostage at gunpoint.

Mental Health Crisis Is a Social Problem, Not a Police Problem

In a POLICE-exclusive interview, Robert Harris of the Los Angeles Police Protective League board of directors discusses the problems with making police act as the front-line problem solvers for the mental health crisis.

California Officer Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Former Police Captain

A veteran FTO and his rookie partner arrived to the scene and quickly discovered a pool of blood on the floor and a man with a knife with a 12-inch blade coming at them, according to the Fresno Bee.