police, training, mental illness
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Eighty-four medium and large law enforcement agencies reported the amount of training provided on mental-health-related issues and the use of specialized responses for calls involving people with mental illnesses. Departments varied widely in the amount of training provided on mental-health-related topics, with a median of 6.5 hours for basic recruits and 1 hour for in-service training. Approximately one third of the agencies (32%) had some specialized response for dealing with calls involving people with mental illnesses. Twenty-one percent had a special unit or bureau within the department to assist in responding to these calls; 8% had access to a mental health mobile crisis team.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Crime & Delinquency, v. 49, issue 1, p. 52-61
Scholar Commons Citation
Hails, Judy and Borum, Randy, "Police Training and Specialized Approaches for Responding to People with Mental Illnesses" (2003). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 44.