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Austin’s 911 Mental Health Diversion Program is getting the right resources to mental health crises and lowering arrest rates
The man was hit with a TASER and shot before continuing to threaten officers with a knife
The man had broken into at least two businesses and threatened to kill at least three people, including his parents, before barricading himself inside an apartment
The 2022 shooting left both officers wounded; one has not returned to police work
Under the program is paired up with a Cleveland police officer who is trained in crisis intervention
“It’s critical for our agency to look objectively at our actions … to help reduce the risk that something like this will happen again,” Sheriff Joel Merry stated
The man made several statements that included threats to officers and to himself, police said
“Whether mental health is a factor or not, think about this: If I had to go to your family and tell them that you were not coming home and you were just murdered, does it matter what the person was thinking or their condition?” Sheriff Luna said
This was the second call to the house within weeks involving the suspect, who had a criminal history and falsely claimed to work for the CIA, DEA and FBI
Mayor Eric Adams says he wants LEOs and medics to more aggressively get severely mentally ill individuals off the streets and subways and into treatment
Mental health technicians will help officers decide if a person needs to be taken to a hospital for evaluation
A report found 30% of PDs created programs that either paired specialists — like paramedics or therapists — with police or sent them to incidents in lieu of LEOs
The department will also examine jail conditions in several states to ensure there are no violations of the rights of people with mental illnesses
Prude’s death was ruled a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint” with the drug PCP cited as a contributing factor
Porter Burks, who was fatally shot after charging at officers with a knife, had a long history of mental illness
Federal money will allow communities to send mental health workers instead of police to incidents that involve non-violent behavioral health emergencies
One agency is using virtual reality to tackle both
Current police officers are invited to participate in an online survey to share their perceptions of working with individuals with mental illness
Protecting our communities from threats takes intense effort, rational behavior and logical thinking
A man clinging high above the East River prompted a response from special ops
Police had been trying to take the woman into custody, but she fled and shot at officers inside a store, police said
Next month, the team of mental health workers will grow three-fold and expand its coverage area
While the department has trained officers to be members of a crisis intervention team, there is another level of help needed in the field
The woman, who was clearly having a mental health crisis, was carrying an AK-47 and appeared to be wearing a vest filled with explosives
Officials hope that by next year mental health professionals could respond to one-third of all mental crisis calls to 911
Former Officer Austin Hopp is facing a second-degree assault charge
Bryan Riley, a veteran Marine turned private security guard, had no criminal history when he brutally attacked a family on Sunday