This police chief’s reforms could be a model for other communities

But do we need another database of disabled people? CNN: “Police encounters with people dealing with mental health issues can go very wrong, very quickly. Often, the presence of a law enforcement officer can escalate the situation. “A lot of people with special needs may not react very well to a police in uniform, but they […]

Indiana county could be getting its own mental health crisis response unit

Indiana Reporter Times: Tasha Coppinger, organizing director with the bipartisan nonprofit Hoosier Action, says, “If someone is in a crisis and they feel like they’re about to get in trouble, get thrown in jail, or have an altercation or something, it’s not going to help the situation. I think police are often not trained for it. […]

Minneapolis’ mental health responders provide alternative to police

Full text from Axios: Unarmed mental health professionals responded to more than 3,300 911 calls in Minneapolis over the first six months of a pilot program meant to reduce the need for police or ambulances for people experiencing mental health crises. Why it matters: Advocates for the program, which launched in December, say mental health professionals […]

Alternative response officers become permanent part of Saskatoon Police Service

Five police officers posed across center of image, wearing masks.

Board of Police Commissioners approves recommendation from police service From CBC News: The Alternative Response Unit (ARU) has been a Saskatoon police pilot project for the past year. The Alternative Response Officers (AROs) work with vulnerable people and help them connect with support services. The officers also assist in everything from transporting arrested persons to […]

911 Alternative Discussions for Seattle

Seattle, Washington

(Seattle). Seattle City Council’s Public Safety and Human Services Committee discussed progress on efforts toward alternative 911 responses on Tuesday. City staff and a representative from Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office discussed a Terms Sheet that lays out how they hope to work together moving forward through the process and laid out a rough timeline […]

Reforming Police Hiring Needed for Police Reform

Recently, there has been concern regarding police hiring practices. In Cleveland Ohio, there was a review of 44 files for the 148th Recruitment Class for their police force. The report showed that the background checks conducted were “superficial” and criminal background checks weren’t consistently done. The monitoring team also identified a troubling absence of full […]

Successful First Year for Orlando’s Community Response Team

Orlando

(Orlando, Florida) It’s been over a year since the Community Response Team pilot launched in Orlando. Last year, the Orlando Police Department partnered with Aspire Health to create Community Response Teams, which have trained mental health professionals who respond to non-violent calls that require mental health support. In the first year of the program, the […]

Western Massachusetts Focusing on Police Alternatives

(Amherst, MA). Community Responders for Equity, Safety, and Service (CRESS) has a new director. The department has joined several initiatives to offer alternatives to police when a call involves a mental health crisis. CRESS will send responders, trained to deal with mental health, to these calls instead of police. More on this story here.

Lawrence County Creating More Efficient Mental Health Response Models

(Lawrence County, Pennsylvania) Many municipalities are adopting a mental health alternative to 911 calls. For example, multiple counties in Pennsylvania pairs a mental health responder to a designated officer. However, Lawrence County has identified some issues with that model and have pivoted to a more efficient method. According to the district attorney, “This model is based […]