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NCJ Number: 69498 Find in a Library
Title: MENTAL ILLNESS
Corporate Author: Charles S Maccrone Productions
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Charles S Maccrone Productions
Aptos, CA 95003
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Charles S Maccrone Productions
432 Ewell Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS POLICE TRAINING FILM SHOWS SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT COULD BE CONSIDERED MENTAL INSTABILITY AND DISCUSSES HOW POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD REACT TO SITUATIONS INVOLVING MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE.
Abstract: THE ACTIONS OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE CAN BE OBVIOUS AND DANGEROUS OR SUBTLE AND SAD, BUT MOST MENTALLY DISTURBED ARE SIMPLY FEELING MORE INTENSELY THE PROBLEMS THAT FACE EVERYONE. SITUATIONS INVOLVING MENTALLY ILL ALWAYS HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR DANGER, SO OFFICERS NEED TO STAY ALERT AND HAVE TO TAKE SOME CHANCES. HOW THE OFFICER ACTS WILL DETERMINE WHAT WILL HAPPEN. OFFICERS FIRST HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER MENTAL ILLNESS IS PRESENT. IT CAN TAKE VARIOUS FORMS, SUCH AS TALKING TO ONE'S SELF, FORGETFULNESS FOLLOWED BY FRUSTRATION, PRAYING IN PUBLIC, AND LYING. ALL OF THESE MAY OR MAY NOT BE FORMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS; IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE DEGREE OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. THE OFFICER HAS TO TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK THE SITUATION OVER, TRY TO QUIET DOWN AGITATED PEOPLE, AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON. ALL CASES INVOLVE SOME FORM OF FRUSTRATION. IT IS EASY FOR A POLICE OFFICER TO VENT HIS OWN FRUSTRATION ON A MENTALLY ILL PERSON. AN OFFICER CANNOT LOSE HIS OWN TEMPER OR DECEIVE THE TROUBLED PERSON, BUT HE MUST KEEP TALKING, SOOTHING, AND SHOWING CONCERN. AN INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Mental health; Mentally ill offenders; Police attitudes; Police responsibilities; Police-offender relations; Videotapes
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