Meet Ernie & Joe, the crisis cops behind the HBO documentary
The efforts of two Texas police officers have helped change the way police respond to mental health calls
“Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” is an HBO documentary showcasing the efforts of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together these two officers’ experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis as part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit.
In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley talks to Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro about the origins of the Mental Health Unit, how the documentary came about and how law enforcement agencies can best tackle the mental health crisis in their communities.
Learn more about Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops here.