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Using a Mobile Database to Better Serve People with Special Needs

The Addison (IL) Police Department is now using smart phones to give officers information on subjects on the autistic spectrum, subjects with dementia, and others who have special needs.

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Family of Man who Died After Arrest Sues Rochester, Individual Officers

In a 27-page complaint, the family says that Daniel Prude's death, and alleged attempts by the department and city officials to later cover it up, violated his constitutional rights protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. Officials also failed to adequately respond to his medical condition, the complaint states.

New York City to Test No-Police Mental Crisis Response

Some important specifics remain to be seen in practice, including how real-time decisions about when to summon police — who will still respond to calls involving a weapon or “imminent risk of harm” — will play out. And the union that represents the city’s EMTs says the city needs to make sure they’re safe before going ahead.

Chicago Officer Stabbed on Mental Health Call

The officers Tasered the man and police said while he was being taken into custody, he stabbed one officer in the stomach.

Philadelphia Officials Release Officer Video of Shooting that Sparked Riots Last Week

Officers can be heard saying "put the knife down" at least 11 times before Wallace was shot on October 26.

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.

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.

PA Shooting That Sparked Protests and Riots Ruled Justified

District Attorney Heather Adams made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday morning, saying that the officer was justified in the use of deadly force.

Preparing for the Prospect of a "Suicide by Cop" Incident

Accept the fact that a suicide-by-cop incident could happen to you on any call on every shift you work.

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Ohio Bill Would Mandate Officer Training on Contacts with People with Dementia

New recruits would get at least two hours of instruction on how to interact with dementia patients in peace officer training school, under a bipartisan, newly introduced Ohio House bill.