Policing and Special Populations: Strategies to Overcome Policing Challenges Encountered with Mentally Ill Individuals
The police in America are often the first representatives of government to interact with the mentally ill, even more so with those who may be prone to violent or irrational behavior. Given the prevalence of mental illness, not only in the general public, but more so in homeless and incarcerated populations, it is obvious that the police must have a more concrete understanding of the plethora of mental illnesses, symptoms and actions that may be encountered. This chapter will examine these concerns in the United States, with specific emphasis placed on the policies and practices of the New York City Police Department.
KeywordsPolicing Mental illness Crisis Intervention Team
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