America grapples with a escalating mental health emergency

The number of mental health calls that law enforcement officers respond to is on the rise, presenting unique challenges for them. It is estimated that about 20% of police calls for service involve individuals in a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis. Additionally, roughly 50% of fatal law enforcement encounters are linked to mental health disorders as a major contributing factor.

When officers respond to calls involving individuals in crisis, the tools they have at their disposal may not always be appropriate. In a recent Police1 survey, officers were asked about their confidence level when responding to mental health calls and how pain compliance and verbal commands play a role in these scenarios.

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