Law Enforcement And The Mentally Ill

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Running Head: LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE MENTALLY ILL: TREATMENT NOT Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill: Treatment Not Jail Jaysen V. Thomas Troy University Seminar in Law Enforcement CJ-6640-XTIA 16/T1 Instructor: Dr. Wigginton September 3, 2016 Abstract The recent increase in emergency 9-1-1 calls involving mentally ill persons has heightened the awareness of the Criminal Justice System. Across the nation, law enforcement encounters with mentally ill persons have become more frequent, and the use of deadly force against mentally ill persons has increased. Since the deinstitutionalization of the mental health system, law enforcement officials have been tasked with controlling deviant and sometimes criminal behavior of persons who suffer from mental illness. As a result, law enforcement agencies have implemented crisis intervention training (CIT) and diversion tactics due to the numerous challenges faced when serving the mentally ill. Major deficiencies in the mental health system and State legislations have hindered progressive efforts towards assisting mentally ill persons. With the dramatic consequences associated with untreated mental illness, it is certain that law enforcement officers will experience an encounter requiring knowledge, specialized training, and the ability to build collaborative partnerships. Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill: Treatment Not Jail Enforcing the law in any judicial system can typically be viewed
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