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P1 First Person: Improving service for individuals with mental health issues

By Tom Wetzel
PoliceOne Member

No matter where an officer works, he or she will likely encounter an individual with mental health problems. These may range from depression to paranoia and the contacts may involve persons in a crisis or in the commission of a crime. How an officer responds to these situations may influence whether force is used, if criminal charges are filed and what kind of follow-up treatment a person will receive.

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