Database to warn cops of mental illness red flags

'Project Guardian' will alert Albuquerque officers of what they are about to encounter

By Jeff Proctor
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — The latest attempt to reduce the number of shootings by the Albuquerque Police Department, expected to be announced today, is aimed at the way officers deal with people living with mental illness.

"Project Guardian" is essentially a database-driven system that will alert officers who are serving warrants or responding to other types of calls that the officer is about to encounter someone with a mental illness, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Friday.

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