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Under a new mandate, California mental health agencies stand to lose funding if they collaborate with law enforcement. Here’s why that is a mistake
Law enforcement officers and paramedics regularly encounter profoundly agitated patients and need the medications to treat those patients as well as the support of their organizations
Austin’s 911 Mental Health Diversion Program is getting the right resources to mental health crises and lowering arrest rates
The man was intoxicated with alcohol and heroin and told officers that “other guys” were telling him to take his own life
Attorneys initially sought the death penalty for Elliahs Dorsey, who shot and killed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Breann Leath
Officers deployed TASERs and bean bag rounds at the suspect before the shooting
The panel of judges unanimously reversed former DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen’s conviction after finding that the department’s use-of-force policy conflicted with state law
The 2022 shooting left both officers wounded; one has not returned to police work
The suspect was fatally shot by LAPD officers after trying to force his way into a police unit
Christopher Pray was found buried up to the armpits in the pond in Portland
Oregon State Police said Christopher Pray is a “dangerous escapee”
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
The changes include centralizing the Crisis Intervention Team and equipping CIT officers with less lethal weapons such as Bolawraps
Mental health technicians will help officers decide if a person needs to be taken to a hospital for evaluation
The department will also examine jail conditions in several states to ensure there are no violations of the rights of people with mental illnesses
The incident began with a 911 call from a woman saying her husband was suicidal and holding a machete
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
Falsehoods and myths when responding to mentally ill or suicidal subject calls for service
“Addressing mental health is central to what we do as police officers,” said Police Chief James White, who is a licensed mental health counselor
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
A city council member estimated that 5-10% of 911 calls could be diverted from police
Court ruled the officers had probable cause to detain the subject for his own safety and the legal power to use reasonable force to accomplish that detention
The de-escalation tactics used by the officers saved the 69-year-old’s life, said Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher Delmonte
Community collaborations provide access to many innovative programs such as peer specialists and mental health urgent care facilities
‘The magnitude of societal issues has far exceeded what law enforcement and mental health providers can effectively address alone.’
A new program from VirTra teaches officers how to recognize mental health challenges and how to respond appropriately