Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mental Health

I believe that a police mental health paramedic officer program would pay for itself over time.  It would pay for itself quickly in large agencies that deal frequently with mentally ill people.  The costs associated with one shooting of a mentally ill person, not to mention the loss of life, would likely pay for the program for years.

Since police are already being sent to deal with mentally ill people, this program is a logical extension of what police do already.  It fills the gap between doing nothing, which is what police often do in these circumstances, and an involuntary commitment to a mental hospital, which most of these people don't really need.

Being able to recognize mental illness and being able to contact an mental health professional, like paramedics do for physically ill or injured people, would make these officers a valuable resource.  The mental health system in this country is broken, I believe that a police mental health paramedic officer program would help to fix it; that's what the SGT Says.

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