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Improving police response to mental illness

December 8, 2019


LOCAL POLICE ARE LOOKING TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY RESPOND TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS BY FOCUSING ON THE VICTIMS. NBC15’S AMY PFLUGSHAUPT TAKES US INSIDE THE TRAINING… “9-1-1 WHAT’S THE ADDRESS OF YOUR EMERGENCY” “AS LAW ENFORCEMENT WE’RE SEEING AN INCREASE IN CASES WHERE WE’RE INTERACTING WITH PERSONS IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS” “HEY KATE?” ONE OFFICER WHO SEES THESE INSTANCES FIRST HAND IS… “HI I’M JESS WITH SAUK PRAIRIE POLICE DEPARTMENT.” HE JOINED THE FORCE JUST LAST JUNE… AND IS QUICKLY FINDING OUT THESE ARE DELICATE SITUATIONS THAT MUST BE HANDLED DIFFERENTLY. “THEY’RE TRAINING US ON HOW TO DEESCALATE SITUATIONS AND USE OUR WORDS TO BETTER GET SUBLECTS HELP THAT THEY NEED VERSES PUNISHMENT.” “KIMMY HAD CALLED SAYING YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING TO HARM YOURSELF TONIGHT. ” “19:33:15;22 WE’VE KINDOF BECOME THAT FIRST LINE – MORE SOCIAL SERVICES USED TO BE ABOUT – HAS KINDA FALLEN ON LAW ENFORCEMENT.” CAPTAIN MICHAEL NEWTON WITH THE UW-MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID IN JANUARY ALONE… HIS DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO 18 MENTAL HEALTH CASES. ” 19:37:04;00 FROM A PERSON WHO’S FEELING SUICIDAL TO A TRANSPORT TO A HOSPITAL BUT WE’RE SEEING MORE AND MORE. EACH MONTH IT FLUCTUATES BUT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR THESE CASES.” SO TO HELP THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES BETTER UNDERSTAND MENTAL ILLNESS… OFFICERS ARE PARTNERING WITH THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS DANE COUNTY FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM TRAINING. “SOME OF THE SKILLS THEY ARE LEARNING IS HAVING THAT SPACE BETWEEN THEM AND THE INDIVIDUAL.GETTING ON THEIR LEVEL. THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY. OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS… 37 OFFICERS FROM 14 DEPARMENTS IN 7 DIFFERENT COUNTIES ATTENDED THE CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM TRAINING. IT’S A 40 HOUR PROGRAM… SPILT UP INTO 50 PERCENT CLASSROOM TIME… AND 50 PERCENT HANDS-ON TRAINING. “WHETHER IT’S SELF HARM… IF IT’S HARM TO OTHERS, IF THEY ARE IN A MANIC EPISODE, HORDING. ” FOR OFFICER HANSEN… IS NOW CIT CERTIFIED AND WILL PUT THESE NEW SKILLS TO USE WHEN HE’S OUT PATROLING THE STREETS. ” WE’RE NOT HERE TO BE AUTHORITATIVE OR TO GET PEOPLE IN TROUBLE WE’RE HERE TO HELP.” IN MADISON ” SO IS THAT SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GO WITH US AMY PFLUGSHAUPT “AND TALK WITH SOMEBODY TONIGHT… ” NBC15 NEWS. “GREAT. ” CAPTAIN NETWON SAYS DON’T EVER HESITATE TO CONTACT POLICE IF YOU FEEL THERE IS A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR A C-I-T OFFICER WHO IS SPECIALLY TRAINED FOR THESE SITUATIONS. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP… WE HAVE A FULL LIST OF LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES…ON OUR WEBSITE NBC15 DOT COM… JUST CLICK ON THIS STORY.

17 Comments

  • Reply Jose I. Flores November 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    The Police image is well damage with public perception. The Fire Fighter should be train to approach people with mental illness. No police !

  • Reply Sky 4 February 5, 2018 at 4:15 am

    " HELP" the new reason in America to check if your door is locked at night.LOL?

  • Reply Matthew Rocco June 4, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Mental Health has no boundaries.

  • Reply Shay-Brittany Beck October 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

    They should have been trained in this already, dear god! Anyway, at least I can comment on this video unlike others like it. People with mental health issues (and anyone… really guys and gals come on!) should be treated as people first. I truly think, especially after being in police officer training myself…that these police need to be more effectively and properly trained (especially in cases of mental illness). Police get their big boy/girl britches on and decide they know everything and should be respected on default. No, dumb assess… stop being scared and talk to people, try to de-escalate issues, stop pulling your weapon…

  • Reply Advanced Micro Devices November 13, 2018 at 11:27 am

    LAWSUITS AGAINST MEDIA COMPANIES BROADCASTING ANTI-WHITE TV PROGRAMS THAT CAN CAUSE SUICIDES IN WHITE PEOPLE
    It is common knowledge the great rise in anti-white hatred among blacks is being caused by the big media companies airing movies, TV shows and commercials which contain anti-white hatred. These programs basically tell black people to hate white people, and the media companies showing these programs can be sued. These media companies are not only responsible for the damage caused by angry blacks, but these media companies can cause white people serious depression, with the resulting lost wages. The anti-white movies shown by these big media companies have also caused whites already suffering from depression to commit suicide.

    MEDIA COMPANIES ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR INCITING BLACKS TO ATTACK WHITES
    The big companies would be listed as defendants in lawsuits filed by individuals who suffered damages, and by white families who lost a loved one to suicide. This type of lawsuit would be relatively easy to type up and file because so many mainstream TV channels run anti-white programs that incite blacks to hate whites. Just make sure you can download the clip of that TV program showing that anti-white racism, then place it onto a DVD. You then file that DVD in court and call it an Exhibit.

    JEWISH GROUPS HAVE FILED AND WON SIMILAR LAWSUITS
    Some years ago a big Jewish group filed a lawsuit against some neo-Nazi type guy for the exact same reasons, and they won. The lawsuit showed that the neo-Nazi's anti-Semitic publications incited a racist Nazi guy to kill a Jewish radio show host.

    MEDIA COMPANIES ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR INCITING BLACKS TO ATTACK WHITES
    You could file the exact same kind of lawsuit, claiming a big media company incited racial hatred against whites, causing the blacks to beat the white guy up. Or causing a white guy to get so depressed that he committed suicide. Or simply for causing you depression and anxiety, even if no one committed suicide. Depression and anxiety interfere with a person's ability to work and earn money. You could claim you suffered depression as a result, and list the damages at $100,000 in your lawsuit. Those damages can be listed in a simple federal lawsuit against a large media company. If you are low income, you can file for free.

    A LAWSUIT WINS BY SIMPLY SHOWING A 51% LIKELIHOOD IT HAPPENED
    In a lawsuit, you only have to show 51% chance that it happened, not 100%. To prove a criminal case you have to prove 100% that it happened. That's why the legal term used to win a lawsuit is called "showing" the offense happened, not "proving" that it happened. To win, you only have to show a 51% likelihood the media company incited someone to injure on the white person, or incited the white person to commit suicide.

    For a federal lawsuit against anti-white racism, you don't even need to trace the funding. All you need is evidence in the form of a video clip from a TV show or commercial showing the anti-white racism or anti-white resentment being promoted. The only other thing you need to show is damages, which most any white person can claim as depression and anxiety. Put $100,000 value on that depression and anxiety, plus you don't have to see a psychologist. The Supreme Court ruled that a person does not need to produce bills from a psychologist in order to claim damages of depression, anxiety, or similar. This means you just say you are very depressed from the anti-white TV commercial or movie, and you put a $100,000 price on it.

    ANYONE CAN ACT AS HIS OWN ATTORNEY
    Anyone can file a federal lawsuit acting as his own attorney. It's better to have an attorney, but if you cannot afford one, you can act as your own attorney. Just write the words "pro se" after your name on the court documents. This means you are acting as your own attorney and you will be granted all the rights and privileges of a real attorney for you lawsuit. Follows the rules on how to type up the lawsuit which are posted online. These are called Federal Rules for Civil Procedure and are here;

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp

    OVERVIEW
    If you are harassed or discriminated against for being white, this can cause depression and even suicide. You can file a federal lawsuit against the big media companies who have been promoting the anti-white hatred and anti-white racism which caused the depression or suicide.

    If perhaps you have a white friend who got really depressed and committed suicide, often this is from the anti-white TV programs and movies being shown. You can claim you suffered serious depression from that suicide. List your damages at $100,000. You would file the lawsuit against a media company that aired the anti-white TV program, commercial or movie that promoted anti-white hatred or anti-white racism that made your friend feel so bad that he committed suicide.

    You can even act as your own attorney. Just type the words "pro se" after your name on the court documents. You will then be granted all the rights and privileges of a real attorney for your lawsuit. If you are low income, you can file the lawsuit for free. Most federal lawsuit work doesn't even require showing up in court. It is done by mailing the papers you type up to the federal courthouse. When the defendants file their responses and other legal papers, they send them right to your house. Many federal lawsuits are filed, and the person receives a financial settlement, without even going to the federal courthouse. It's mostly done by mail.

    Visit www.CounterHarassment.com to see how good morals protect us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply whenindoubt mutemyownmouth November 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Half the time its whoever called 911 that needs the psych eval anyway. These mental health teams are just a social worker that rides along with the cops to fill out the paperwork to hold you beyond 72 hours.

  • Reply Jed Hutchins January 12, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Iโ€™m very happy to see the cops actually try to help the mentally ill instead of using excessive force I hope it will work

  • Reply kira P February 16, 2019 at 2:18 am

    I see it as a disaster. I view it as a "get in line or my Glock will fix you".

  • Reply allyouneedtoknow anonymous March 22, 2019 at 5:46 am

    cops are very good yes…….but all they do is pack you off to see mental health or crisis and leave you.
    mental health goddamm useless they just only send you home an only thing you are feeling is the next attempt.

  • Reply Katie Cross April 10, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I wish the police in the uk were like this in the uk they start banging loudly on the door and then they come in full uniform and then they ask you all these scary questions and then they tell your parents and your school and they threaten to arrest you and this has happened to me a lot lately…

  • Reply Baseshocks April 12, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Just don't be like Toronto police, in Toronto the system is counter productive. if you have a mental illness and you are in the hospital the hospital records can not be released to anyone without your convent or a court order. You can even ask them to lie for you, but if you say anything to Toronto police they create a police record that potential employers or volunteer services can ask for, it is counter productive and does not make any sense. I understand if police want to keep records themselves so they can prepare if their are possible future incidents but to give those records out to those who ask is lunacy and what makes it even worse is that you can eventually clear criminal records but you can't clear a mental health record, that is for life.

  • Reply kira P May 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Police officer interaction with the mentally ill is not going to work. I am proud to say that I self harmed and i enjoyed it. The only thing that cures mental illness is marijuana 2nd hand smoke. I was in a vehicle for 8 hours at work. Over the course of a year, i got better. My fear returned, ("self harm removes fear from the person") but i am not happy with living like this. I prefer to self harm and feel like i did beforehand because I felt happy. I had no regrets and i figured out how self harm works.

  • Reply kira P May 20, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This may come off wrong, but i would give police officer information on how to help control people with self harm. I monitored adam lanza, nick cruz and everything. The basic principles of controlling self harm is food, temperature, and controlling their own situation. If you watch, nick Cruz goes to subway after the shooting. Which tells me that he was "very" delusional. When you do not eat, your mind controls you more. If the temperature drops below a 66 degrees Fahrenheit. I have to stay warm or else my mind will go into a toxic mindset. I enjoyed self harm because it always kepted me thinking. I feel like a vegetable today being normal now. I miss that controlling part.

  • Reply Drake Carter June 13, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I don't trust or believe any of these cops.

  • Reply bartakin August 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    This is good, many have been abused and aren't mentally ill ,they don't know how to respond to the trauma that happened to them. Think like a car accident and what you witnessed its like that depending on the damages incurred and this may include a loved one or numerous ones ! Life is not sweet for everyone. A good responder can save and change a life !

  • Reply peanut butter September 28, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    It angers & saddens me that Law enforcement is left to deal with mentally ill people on a daily basis in the US. Maybe if the mental health system got it's act together, that wouldn't happen.

  • Reply powerfulhunnii October 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Bullshit. Like a month ago I was about to kill myself and the police were dickheads. Fuck you.

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