Local Police in Training to Better Deal With Individuals Facing Mental Health Issues
Officers with the Cortland City Police Department will begin a week of intensive training today; the department is forming an emotionally disturbed person’s response team.
For the next week 8 officers will receive training in how to respond to situations involving individuals who are experiencing mental health problems.
According to a press release from the City Police department emotionally disturbed persons response teams have shown significant success in reducing injuries to officers as well as helping those with mental health issues to receive appropriate care rather than simply putting them in jail.
City Police respond to a number of calls involving people experiencing emotional of mental distress, the department is looking to provide officers with extensive training to respond to these calls appropriately.
Retired Rochester Police Aergeant Eric Weaver along with local mental health professionals will lead the training. The training will emphasize the importance of collaboration between 1st responders and mental health professionals.
In addition to Cortland City Police, SUNY Cortland Police, and the Village of Homer will also participate in the training program; officers will graduate on Friday. Cortland will have only the 4th emotionally disturbed person’s response team in the state following this week’s program.