Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dealing With The Nuts

NPR has a good story on law enforcement officers training to handle people with mental illnesses. More and more agencies and or states are requiring this type of training.
It's a situation no one wants to see: An armed police officer is called because someone is in the throes of a psychotic episode. "How the officer handles that situation can have a significant impact," says Russell Laine, head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Source:

Police spend a huge amount of time dealing with the mentally ill. Lots of our customers are at least a little crazy, a few profoundly so. Unless you are swinging an axe at your therapist you are probably not going to end up institutionalized so guess who gets to deal with 'em.

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