Hey, We're Pioneers!

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The Rochester, New York, Police Department is following a lead set by the Memphis Police Department. The Rochester department recently created an Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team, a special unit that is summoned to calls involving mentally ill people. A story in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle cited Memphis as a model and a pioneer in training officers to deal with mentally ill people. The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team was formed in 1988, in partnership with the Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Read more about it here.

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