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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

"Study: More law enforcement agencies turning to ‘non-police responders’ in mental-health crises"

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The report was published last week by the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based think tank that focuses on criminal justice, voting rights and other public policy matters.

The analysis found that nearly 40 percent of the country’s 50 largest law enforcement agencies adopted programs between January 2020 and July 2022 that require sending behavioral health specialists or trained community members to some emergencies.

Another 30 percent of agencies created programs that either paired specialists — like paramedics or therapists — with police or sent them to incidents in lieu of officers.

One in five large departments also limited when officers could make traffic and pedestrian stops.

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