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Police Work To Improve Response To Those Suffering From Mental Illness

The Groton Police Department has completed its pledge through the One Mind Campaign to improve our response to those suffering from mental illnesses in our community.
     In the Spring of 2019, the Groton Police Department pledged to join the One Mind Campaign, an initiative that was started by the International Association Chiefs of Police in an effort to improve the interactions between officers and people with mental illnesses. Any department that joins the pledge are challenged to implement practices in their agency to improve mental health programing, training, and procedures within a one to three-year period.
     In order to complete and fulfill this pledge, the Groton Police Department did the following:
• Established a sustainable partnership with local mental health organizations
• Developed, and implemented policies to guide officers’ interactions with those affected by mental illness.
• Every single officer on the Groton Police Department has been certified in Mental Health First Aid, helping to educate all officers on how to better assist all citizens
• Six of our officers, or 113 of the department, have more intensive training and make up our Crisis Intervention Team.This advanced training has enabled us to have a team of specialized officers who can respond to calls that involve individuals with mental health conditions.
     For more information on the One Mind Campaign, visit the IACP’s website at
h t t p s : // w w w . t h e i a c p . o r g / p r o j e c t s / onemindcampaignA list of all other agencies who have taken this pledge is also available at this website.
     For more information about our CIT team please visit www. grotonpd.org
 
Chief Michael Luth
Groton Police Department
 
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