Cleveland police to get enhanced training on mental health

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 3:56 PM
Cleveland police to get enhanced training on mental health

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say Cleveland officers will be receiving enhanced training on how to deal with people with mental health problems as part of the city's agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the police department.

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County will continue training Cleveland police. Officials say that has been happening for the last 10 years.

Officials say all Cleveland officers have received at least eight hours of training. They say 600 officers have 40 hours of advanced training and have been available to assist patrol officers when their expertise is needed.

Crisis intervention training is one of the key provisions in the consent decree between Cleveland and the DOJ that a federal judge approved in June.