‘Crisis Cops’ documentary available for virtual screenings
This 2019 film follows two Texas police officers in their quest to improve outcomes for mental crisis calls
By Suzie Ziegler
Police agencies can now schedule virtual screenings of the 2019 documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops. The 95-minute film explores the experiences of two Texas police officers who use de-escalation techniques to resolve mental health calls. The film aims to spark dialogue about the culture of policing and better prepare cops to respond to people in crisis, according to filmmakers.
“We hope our screenings and discussions will inspire reflection, bridge-building, and action that will lead to stronger police-community relations, improved mental health outcomes, greater awareness of officers' own mental health challenges, and more law enforcement and behavioral health systems change,” organizers say.
Interested agencies can request to host a screening here. Hosts have the option of showing the full 95-minute film or a 25-minute version for shorter events. The film is also available on HBO with a subscription.
Have questions about hosting a screening? You can contact the filmmakers here.