Policy Recommendations to Improve the Police Response to People With Mental Illness

Melissa M. Reuland, Police Executive Research Forum

Law enforcement agencies are continually challenged to respond effectively to people with mental illnesses they encounter in a range of situations. The Police Executive Research Forum joined the Council of State Governments to develop a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for police that promotes appropriate and just approaches to people with mental illnesses. The recommendations are informed by a survey and a 30-member advisory board, which includes chiefs, consumers, advocates and service providers. This presentation addresses the resulting recommendations for training, on-scene policieis, community education, and privacy of information.

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Updated 05/20/2006