Category: Mentally Ill

Compassionate Policing of the Mentally Ill

The traits of a police officer include emotional stability, honesty, integrity and incorruptibility. In addition interpersonal skills, sound judgment, justice, service mindedness, resourcefulness and the ability to empathize are required. Empathy is defined as the capacity to take the role of the other. Officers are conferred power and entrusted to use it to perform their dangerous work, given they are first responders. Continue reading

California Police Chief’s Working to Address Homelessness and the Mentally Ill

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The California Police Chief’s Association established a working group to address homelessness and interacting with the mentally ill. Here is a portion of the report which highlights the importance of training for law enforcement in how to interact effectively with the mentally ill. Embassy Consulting Services is listed in the report as a resource to conduct mentally ill training for law enforcement. Continue reading