Cortlandville this week is the site of the seventh annual Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team (EDPRT) training, bringing in 16 participants from various police agencies in Cortland and Onondaga Counties, as well as State Police.
This week-long training gives officers the skills to successfully work with persons in crisis who have serious emotional needs, mental health conditions, or may be suicidal.
Last year, Cortland Police had over 300 calls for Emotionally Distressed Persons, with over 82% of them responded to by an EDPRT trained officer, which officers say has led to a decrease in use of force and injuries while out on calls.
The lead trainer for the 2019 EDPRT is Eric Weaver, a retired sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, where he served from 1985-2005 as a Mental Health Coordinator and as a coordinator of the EDPRT Basic/Advanced School.
Weaver has served as a consultant in the creation, training, and implementation of similar teams across New York State.
This week’s EDPRT school is sponsored by Seven Valleys Health Coalition, Cortland Police Department, Cortland
County Mental Health Department, Family Counseling Services, and Catholic Charities of Cortland
The School’s graduation will be this Friday afternoon at 3:30 at the Cortlandville Fire Department.