1. Police and the mentally ill: What works best?

    Police and the mentally ill: What works best?

    The teen was physically imposing — 5-foot-10 and 240 pounds — and Houston police Officer Randy Crowder had been warned to expect a fight. But on that day five years ago when Crowder responded to a call from the young man's concerned mother, he didn't see a criminal, or even a troublemaker. There's...

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    1. We talked about it a little bit, and he calmed down.
    2. The research suggests that (CIT programs) can work in terms of improving officers' knowledge, their attitudes, their skill sets for responding.
    3. It's really 180 degrees different from traditional police training — and I'm not saying anything against traditional police training.
    4. They handcuffed him, took him to jail — he was scared to death.
    5. We don't have that kind of time (for) every single call, but CIT has helped me a lot.
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