11/28/2009

San Jose police clarify response to mental disturbances

Lisa Fernandez
San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Despite a police supervisor's earlier statements to the contrary, the San Jose Police Department has a written policy to automatically send specially trained officers to calls when it is "known or suspected'' that a mentally ill person is involved in a disturbance.

Police officials clarified their policy this week following a front-page article in the Mercury News on Sunday that quoted a police department supervisor who said dispatchers don't automatically send out Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT, officers when mentally ill people are threatening to harm others or themselves.

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