SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane police encounter people who are mentally ill on a daily basis. Situations sometimes escalate and the department wants officers prepared to calm things down.
The entire Spokane Police Department will be up to speed on crisis intervention training by the beginning of 2014.
The scenario is fake but the situation is all too real for Spokane police.
"We come across people who are battling mental illness on a daily basis," said
In one scenario, a mentally ill man was off his medication and was being evicted. Officers worked to calm him down and convince him to see a doctor.
The training was recommended by the Use of Force Commission and helps officers not only recognize key symptoms of mental illness but helps then deescalate chaos.
"It's not just officers. It's the academic community, mental health community. We're all training together," said
The scenario ended peacefully and gave officers more tools to handle similar behavior effectively in the future.