Law enforcement learn more about responding to mental health issues

More than 120 police leaders will take part in a training conference focused on the law enforcement response to mental illness.

The conference, held at PolyTech Adult Education Center in Woodside runs through Thursday. The conference will focus on improving insight into mental health issues that police encounter every day. Topics will include suicide by cop, the emotional toll on law enforcement, and crisis intervention.

 

State Police Superintendent Colonel Robert M. Coupe says, “Law enforcement is often the first responder to a mentally ill person in crisis and many times our training in mental illness is limited. Situations involving emotionally disturbed individuals are among the most unpredictable calls for police officers.”

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