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    Re: Hold Your Fire: Documentary on Canadians with Mental Illness Killed by Police

    Suicide by cop: What motivates those who choose this method? | MDedge Psychiatry
    Current Psychiatry
    May 2017

    SBC [suicide by cop] presents a specific and serious challenge for law enforcement personnel, and should be approached in a manner different than other crisis situations. Because many individuals engaging in SBC have a history of mental illness, officers with training in handling individuals with psychiatric disorders—known as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in many areas—should be deployed as first responders. CITs have been shown to:

    • reduce arrest rates of individuals with psychiatric disorders
    • increase referral rates to appropriate treatment
    • decrease police injuries when responding to calls
    • decrease the need for escalation with specialized tactical response teams, such as Special Weapons And Tactics.

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    Re: Hold Your Fire: Documentary on Canadians with Mental Illness Killed by Police

    I just thought of an idea for a comedy movie: A cop with a therapist as a patrol partner

    More seriously:

    In new approach to policing, St. Louis cops get partners on patrol | Law and order | stltoday.com
    Dec 30, 2019

    The 19-year-old seemed bewildered by the visit from St. Louis officers who were accompanied by two volunteer community health workers interested in connecting her with social services...

    Research on the program’s impact is limited, but some measurable data exists for domestic violence calls.

    Researchers found that families that received visits in 2006 and 2007 were more likely to call the police about new domestic incidents in the ensuing 12 months. And those new calls were more likely to focus on verbal altercations or violations of court orders instead of violence that flared.

    Researchers also found that families that received visits felt safer and more positive about the police than families that received standard 911 police service, and were more likely to get mental health and other support services for their children.

    It was generally found that pairing officers with social workers greatly increased morale for both, as each felt more effective at their jobs, Hahn said.

    “They feel more effective intervening with kids who they otherwise might feel they have little to offer,” she said.
    Last edited by Daniel; June 19th, 2020 at 01:01 AM.

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