Training law enforcement in mental health: a broad-based model

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Author: Hatfield, Rachael Elaine

Abstract:

Police officers respond to many calls involving people suffering from a mental illness; yet many law enforcement training programs and workshops do not include mental health training. A literature review was conducted to explore the problems resulting from the lack of mental health training available for law enforcement officers and identify specialized training programs currently being implemented to address those problems. The review identified several program models being implemented throughout the United States including: Joint Police/Mental Health Team Model, Mobile Crisis Unit Model, Crisis Intervention Team Model, and the Broad-Based Training Model. These models include empirically supported components used to increase learning and decrease stigma and result in significantly reduced arrest rates of the mentally ill and increase the safety of interactions between law enforcement and the mental health community.

A broad-based training seminar was presented to volunteers from local policing agencies. A pre- and post-test analysis revealed significant positive changes in attitude, behavior, and improved knowledge of mental health issues as a result of the training. The limitations of the current research and the future implications in regard to the safety of law enforcement and the safety of those affected by mental illness are discussed.

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Police officers respond to many calls involving people suffering from a mental illness; yet many law enforcement training programs and workshops do not include mental health training. A literature review was conducted to explore the problems resulting from the lack of mental health training available for law enforcement officers and identify specialized training programs currently being implemented to address those problems. The review identified several program models being implemented throughout the United States including: Joint Police/Mental Health Team Model, Mobile Crisis Unit ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Industry; Governance; Teaching and learning; Research

Keywords: Staff development; Workplace education and training; Occupational health and safety; Training program

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Huntington, West Virginia: Marshall University, 2014

Physical description: vi, 54 p.

Access item:
http://mds.marshall.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1486&context=etd

Notes:
On cover: A dissertation submitted to the Graduate College of Marshall University In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Psychology

Resource type: Thesis

Call Number:
TD/TNC 115.1004



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