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Mental health response training ongoing for law enforcement officers

Law enforcement agencies in Door and Kewaunee Counties continually train officers on how to aid people with mental health issues during emergency calls.  That's become more prevalent as daily contact between those with mental health issues and law enforcement has increased. A survey by a retired police chief posted on finds that just over 63-percent of the officers questioned are spending more time on responses involving those people with mental illnesses.  56-percent of those officers also say they're spending more time trying to link people in need with the proper treatment services.  Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Clint Henry says that's why his department makes mental illness response training a budget priority.

Officers who took part in the survey also say mental health-related calls take more time to process than domestic disputes, larcenies and traffic cases.

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