Program teaches law enforcement how to interact with a person with mental illness

Law enforcement learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.
Law enforcement learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Dozens of law enforcement officers received training in how to properly deal with people with mental illnesses.

Friday afternoon a banquet was held to celebrate the 34 people who completed the Crisis Intervention Team Program. The one-week course was run by the National Alliance of Mental Illness. This year the program was held at Faith West Community Center.

Officers from nine area law enforcement agencies completed the program.

NAMI spokesperson Pattie Wollenburg said it’s great to see officers focus on how to better understand mental illnesses.

“They’re acknowledging they need the extra help. They learn so much. It just opens their eyes to what’s actually going on with people,” said Wollenburg.

The program has been offered in west-central Indiana for more than a decade.

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