Local Police Get Mental Illness Training


LAKES TRIP. WE’LL HEAR FROM MARK AND AMELIA WHO ARE THERE IN A LITTLE BIT. IT’S ESTIMATED ABOUT 10% OF POLICE CALLS INVOLVE A PERSON WITH A MENTAL ILLNESSP IN. SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE HANDLING MORE TRAINING TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE IN EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. WE SPOKE TO ONE OF THOSE AGENCIES AS THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE OFFICERS BETTER PREPARED. YEAH. JUST TWO DAYS AGO, ROSEVILLE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A MAN WHO NEIGHBORS SAID HAD BEEN HAVING A MENTAL OUTBURST. THEY SHOT AND KILLED HIM AFTER HE STABBED A POLICE K-9. OFFICERS ARE WORKING HARD ON CASES LIKE THIS ONE TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT CALLS WITH SOMEONE WHO APPEAR TO BE IN EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. IT IS A HUGE ISSUE. THE CHIEF IS AMONG THOSE PUSHING FOR MORE TRAINING OFFICERS TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATIONS. THIS YEAR, TEN OF HIS OFFICERS WILL TAKE PART IN CRISIS INTERVENTION CONTINUING. MORE TRAINING, TRAINING OF OFFICERS TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ISSUES OF DANGER. HE SAYS MILLION THAT INVOLVES OFFICERS REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE THEY’VE COME INTO CONTACT WITH BEFORE AND HAVE BEEN EMOTIONALLY DISTRESSED IN THE PAST. IT ALSO MEANS WORKING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS MORE CLOSELY. ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO TRY AS A COMMUNITY TO INTERVIEW AND ADDRESS THAT IS TO OUR LONG-TERM BEST INTEREST. Reporter: SINCE JANUARY OF LAST YEAR, THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR CASES IN THE TWIN CITIES WHERE EMOTIONALLY DISTRESSED OR SUICIDAL PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE. IN EACH CASE, THE PERSON KILLED HAD A WEAPON IN THEIR POSSESSION. WE NEVER WANT THEM TO COMPROMISE OFFICER SAFETY OR PUBLIC SAFETY. Reporter: JOHN BAKER IS A RETIRED MARINE WHO TRAINS OFFICERS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH VETERANS AND PEOPLE WITH PTSD. HE SAYS THE GOAL IS TO TAKE THE PERSON INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT ANYONE GETTING HURT AND GET THEM THE MEDICAL HELP THEY NEED. HE SAYS IT’S UP TO NEIGHBORS AND THEIR FAMILY TO LET POLICE KNOW WHO THEY ARE DEALING WITH. EVEN IF THE PERSON IS EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED, LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS TO KNOW THAT. THE MINNESOTA POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION IS HOLDING A CONFERENCE IN APRIL. THE CHIEF SAYS THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DISCUSSED TOPICS AT THE CONFERENCE. THEY ARE TALKING A LOT ABOUT HOW IT REALLY IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION FOR POLICE AND COMMUNITY, NEIGHBORS AND OF COURSE THE PERSON WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF THE CALL AS WELL.

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