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(WSPA) – When a mental illness is at stake, the first response is usually not a doctor or therapist. It’s usually a policeman.
South Carolina police treat patients in desperate and sometimes dangerous situations every day. So that’s where Mental Health Monday starts with 7 News. How did men and women vow to comply with the law and protect our mental health?
It begins with the Colombian Criminal Justice Academy.
Much of the training there is like a boot camp. All swearers in the state measure fitness and strength.
No one graduates to work on the street without learning compassion.
I saw one scenario in which a team of cadets responded to a “welfare check.” That is, the man missed his job and his employer was worried, so he asked the police to check it.
The policeman found the open door and went inside to find someone in need of help.
“Police station, get out!” Cadets start with a simple command from outside the house. “The police station goes out!”
When the house is quiet, they step inside and find Ren Henderson, a police science instructor with something that looks like a gun on his own head.
“Everyone, just go, just go, just go,” he says.
“You don’t have to be here to close the door. I’ll do the job,” he continues.
Students need to react to firearms, protect themselves, and work on the often-talked-about “escalation” on the CJA campus.
“We will try every possible technique to make people feel comfortable, and eventually lower the gun and get real help from them,” Henderson said.
South Carolina police frequently find patients at risk of mental health, and such training is now a permanent part of the cadet curriculum.
In fact, even after graduation, I update my mental health training every three years.
Luis Swindler, director of the Criminal Justice Academy, said: “Therefore, they need someone who can hear them talk to them, and much of the help is to say and hear what is right.”
Therefore, the job in times of crisis is to save lives, save time, and cool potential explosions.
They are taught to provide first names, options they can do, and in such scenarios you will learn the cause of the problem.
In this training, you will learn that suicides are afraid to lose custody of their children.
The cadet explains his options in the family court as an alternative to drastic action.
The police are not doctors and have few options as to where to go after the situation has “worse”.
Many people with mental illness end up behind the bar instead of the hospital.
“There are people in prisons everywhere in the country,” Swindler said. “Sure, they committed something, but that’s not where they need it. They need help. Where does it help?”
Unfortunately, many don’t ask for help or even know they need help until someone calls 911.
When that happens, the police are obliged to respond.
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