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NCJ Number: 250927 Find in a Library
Title: Improving Officer Safety in Interactions With Citizens Suffering From Mental Illness
Author(s): Cara Altimus
Date Published: May 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML|Video
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this 5-minute online video, Cara Altimus, a former ASSS Fellow with the National Institute of Justice, discusses the relationship between drug addiction and mental illness, as well as the importance of law enforcement officers understanding mental illness, its causes, and how it affects the brain, so they can interact with mentally ill persons safely and appropriately.
Abstract: Altimus reports the estimate that one in five drug abusers has a mental disorder, which puts drug abusers at risk of irrational and unpredictable behaviors. She also recommends that police officers, who frequently interact with drug abusers in the course of their work, should be instructed in the nature of mental illness, its causes, related behaviors, and how various behaviors stemming from mental illness can be managed to increase both the safety of the officers and the mentally ill person.
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement training
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Drug abuse education; Mental disorders; Mental illness-crime relationships; Mentally ill offenders; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Persons with Mental Illness; Police safety; Police specialized training; Police-citizen interactions
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