For Philadelphia cops, it's a course in gaining patience in dealing with mental crises

THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Posted: Friday, October  29, 2010
For Philadelphia cops, it's a course in gaining patience in dealing with mental crises
By DAVID GAMBACORTA, Philadelphia Daily News, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
THE CLASSROOM - an old cinderblock number with heavy drapes and long wooden tables - was filled with cops who wanted to learn how to become better cops.
It was a little past noon on Oct. 20, and the 35 officers who squeezed inside this musty, stuffy room at the Police Academy were there voluntarily to receive crisis-intervention team (CIT) training.
The training itself is old news; the Police Department began offering cops courses on how to handle mentally unstable individuals back in 2007, after getting reamed for years by mental-health experts who believed that excluding such training was literally a matter of life and death.

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