06/23/2008

Training helps Ohio cops handle the mentally ill

By John Futty
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officer Jim Gilbert was two weeks removed from a 40-hour course on dealing with mentally ill people when he responded to a call about a teenage boy wandering in traffic.

"I picked up indicators that the kid was trying to commit suicide," Gilbert recalled.

The Columbus officer was able to subdue the 15-year-old and handcuff him but didn't take him to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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