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Crisis Intervention Training

Improving Response to Mental Health Incidents

Law enforcement agencies across America are searching for more effective ways to handle calls about individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Counselors and Police to Respond to Oklahoma City Mental Health Calls

Officers will continue to be on scene to respond to criminal activity and safety concerns. But in cases of non-violent mental health emergencies, they will call on a mobile crisis team for support.

Tampa Offering Signing Bonus to Mental Health Professionals Willing to Team with Patrol Officers

The Tampa Police Department will soon have officers and mental health professionals in the same vehicle on patrol.

Some 911 Calls in Chicago to be Answered by Mental Health Professionals Instead of Police

In one pilot program starting this fall, a paramedic will be dispatched with a mental health clinician for “behavioral health calls.” In another, a paramedic will work with a “recovery specialist” on calls involving substance abuse.

Illinois Agency Adds 2 Mental Health Professionals to the Ranks

Officers with the Brookhaven (IL) Police Department will now have the assistance of two mental health professionals when responding to calls involving persons in mental distress.

Social Workers Will Soon be Accompanying Raleigh Police on Some 911 Calls

The eight-person team will have a supervising sergeant, a detective, three social workers and three police officers, said Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.

Phoenix PD Implements New Gun Pointing Policy, Announces More Mental Health Training and Full Rollout of Body Cameras

Chief Williams said she expects the new "Pointed Gun at Person" (PGP) reports will help the department track how many times officers can de-escalate potentially deadly situations.

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.

Axon Partners with Chicago PD for Virtual Reality Empathy Training Program

Axon's VR training is offered through Axon Academy, a network of online and in-person training for law enforcement. The VR training program is designed to better equip officers with the tools to de-escalate situations involving people suffering from mental health issues, crises, or psychotic episodes.

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TN Officer Stabbed Trying to Detain Mentally Ill Suspect

Roby reportedly stabbed one officer and he attempted to injure 10 other officers on the scene by throwing explosive devices.

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