Cleveland inks deal to improve police response to mental health crises

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Agency agrees to train Cleveland cops on crisis intervention.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a county agency will train Cleveland police officers on how to intervene during mental health crises — a requirement in the city’s agreement with the U.S. The city and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services planned to discuss details of the training at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. A lengthy Justice Department investigation into problems within the police department concluded that Cleveland officers sometimes use excessive force against people who have mental health problems, including those who hadn’t committed any crimes.

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