Police and the Mentally Ill | WYPR

Police and the Mentally Ill

May 6, 2016

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People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians approached by law enforcement. That’s the finding of a study last year by the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center. Today, we talk about how training can help police recognize the signs of mental illness and de-escalate tense situations. We speak to retired Major Sam Cochran, who founded a crisis intervention model that addresses the special challenges to law enforcement posed by persons with mental illness. And we hear from Lt. Steven Thomas and Jen Corbin, director of Anne Arundel County's Crisis Response System, about how the county is connecting police and mental health professionals with the greater community.