Some Police Officers Drop “Tough Guy” Approach to Help Mentally Ill

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Ohio has trained more than 3,000 police officers how to deal with people who have mental health problems.

Andrew Savada of the Streetsboro Police says THESE days, when he encounters a criminal suspect or troublemaker with symptoms of mental illness, he drops the “tough-guy” approach he used to use all the time. Instead, Savada says he uses the approach he learned in crisis intervention training.

Police say this new approach has two advantage: it gets treatment for citizens who need it, and it helps keep police officers from being injured or killed.

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