Mendocino Co.: No More Cops For Mentally Ill
The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat reports on a new approach to police dealing with the mentally ill in Mendocino County. Sheriff Tom Alman wants to stop sending his deputies to non- violent emergency mental health calls. How this works out remains to be seen. I'd say it's probably a long time in coming, but I have to wonder how effectively the white coated "mental health professionals" will be able to take over?
I've been skeptical for some time when I've heard of law enforcement agencies planning on sending officers to training to deal with "mental health issues". I have to wonder how effective such training might be? I also wonder if the so- called professionals in mental health could do all that much better? If someone is truly a nut case, I'm not sure either law enforcement or civilian mental health folks would have an edge in dealing with it.
What this might well do, though, is prevent some of the situations where police get into situations that they feel no other way out of aside from gun play, which should make it interesting to see how supposed mental health professionals handle those same situations.