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Philadelphia Officer from Walter Wallace Jr. Shooting Dies in Motorcycle Crash

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer, who was involved in a fatal shooting that led to riots in 2020, was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night in South Philadelphia.

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A NY Training Program for EDP Response is a Great Model to Mirror

The Troy (NY) Police Department's Emotionally Distressed Persons Response Team (EDPRT)—and its weeklong training held at Hudson Valley Community College—helps officers deal with emotionally disturbed persons, suicidal subjects, people exhibiting irrational behavior, and individuals suffering from psychiatric crises.

De-Escalation In EDP Response

Embracing your empathy toward mentally ill subjects can help you achieve more favorable outcomes.

Baltimore Mayor Wants to Send Mental Health Workers to Some 911 Calls, Have Police Focus on Violent Crime

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced last week that he wants police to focus on violent offenders and said officers should not be handling calls for people having behavioral health issues.

LAPD Launches Program for Mental Health Professional to Support Officers on Some Calls

The Los Angeles Police Department has begun a program to dispatch a mental health response team, consisting of a sworn officer and a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinician, to certain mental health calls, Assistant Chief Horace Frank announced this week.

Denver's Program to Replace Police on Mental Health Calls "Saving Lives," Chief Says

"That's 748 times fewer that the police department was called, meaning we can free up law enforcement to do what law enforcement is supposed to do, and really what law enforcement is good at, and that is addressing crime issues, violent crime, property crime and traffic safety," he said. "...You have a safer community and you have better outcomes for people in crisis," Chief Paul Pazen said.

Video Released of Suspect Slashing New Jersey Officer's Face

Antwan Whitlock, 35, of Union Township, allegedly slashed an officer with a knife in late December, officials said. He was later hit with a Taser and stabbed himself in the chest, although he was not hit when officers fired at him after the alleged knife attack, according to the state attorney general’s office.

3 Canadian Officers Stabbed Responding to Person in Crisis Call

A witness said it took about five minutes for officers to restrain the suspect and about half an hour later he was put into an ambulance.

Attorney for Family of Philadelphia Man Killed by Police Says Officers Should Not Face Murder Charges

The attorney representing the family of Walter Wallace Jr.—who was killed by police during a call for service of a mental health crisis—told reporters on Thursday that the officers involved should not be charged with murder.

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California Department Launches Mental Health "Strike Teams"

A new effort is underway in San Jose (CA) to help police officers better respond to individuals in mental health crisis.

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