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New Hampshire : Police learn how to respond to mental health calls, The Keene Sentinel, Jul. 13, 2011

This article describes the specialized training that police officers in New Hampshire receive to help them respond to people with mental illness in emergency situations, including suicidal crisis. As part of their police academy training, newly hired offices participate in a special two-day session in which people with mental illness help them role-play mental health crisis situations they may encounter. “It’s interesting to watch the interaction between the recruits, or even a seasoned police officer and (person with a mental illness), because of the understanding that officer gets,” said Capt. Robert B. Stafford Jr., commander of the Academy Bureau for the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. “Suddenly the officers are learning what it’s like to be hearing voices, or have been suicidal and how that affects the person.” Courses related to mental health and suicide prevention are also included among the options that officers may select to fulfill requirements for ongoing in-service training.

Read the article at www.sentinelsource.com.