DuPage County is expanding training for their police officers due to a recent rise in individuals suffering a mental health crisis.
The Police Chiefs Association signed off on a resolution that will bring a DuPage County Mental Health Crisis Intervention team on board.
This group will then train officers to respond to people experiencing a mental health emergency.
The DuPage County Health Department will also be partnering with the association in order to further their goals of safety.
“To be able to link these individuals with services that each village or county might offer, as well as bringing the interactions to safe conclusions so that the individuals don’t end up in the criminal justice system,” said David Webb, President of the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association.
President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recently said the training should be mandatory.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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