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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