September 1, 2015

IMPD Officers Begin Training To Recognize Mental Illness

file photo

file photo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police officers in Indianapolis are learning how to recognize mental illness when responding to calls and how to keep those situations from escalating.

Five days of training with the Crisis Intervention Team began Monday at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. About 40 officers are participating in an effort to help them better understand mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia, the legal process and how to engage others while on a call.

The ultimate goal is to make situations safer for police officers and the public, as well as getting people with mental illnesses the help and support they need.

The Crisis Intervention Team program has trained more than 200 police officers in Indianapolis.

Support independent journalism today. You rely on WFYI to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Donate to power our nonprofit reporting today. Give now.


Related News

Legislative leaders say 2024 session more substantive than planned, but much more to come in 2025
Economic Enhancement District for Mile Square will not be repealed
Bill effectively killing Indianapolis Blue Line gets hearing in House committee