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Federal law enforcement : DHS and DOJ are working to enhance responses to incidents involving individuals with mental illness : report to congressional committees.

Author: Diana Maurer; United States. Government Accountability Office,
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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Law enforcement encounters with individuals with mental illness may require special training and skills and can sometimes involve volatile situations, risking tragic injuries or even death. The 21st Century Cures Act includes a provision for GAO to review the practices that federal first responders, tactical units, and corrections officers (for the purposes of this study, "law enforcement officers and agents") are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Online resources
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Maurer; United States. Government Accountability Office,
OCLC Number: 1022563597
Notes: "February 2018"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (iii, 41 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Background. --
Discussion groups identified several challenges that officers and agents encounter when responding to incidents involving individuals with mental illness. --
Components have some type of training, policies, and guidance related to mental illness, and reviews to enhance practices are underway. --
Stakeholders cited leading practices and tools for effective law enforcement responses, and components have generally leveraged information from other knowledgeable parties. --
Agency comments. --
Appendices.

Abstract:

Law enforcement encounters with individuals with mental illness may require special training and skills and can sometimes involve volatile situations, risking tragic injuries or even death. The 21st Century Cures Act includes a provision for GAO to review the practices that federal first responders, tactical units, and corrections officers (for the purposes of this study, "law enforcement officers and agents") are trained to use in responding to incidents involving individuals with mental illness. This report addresses (1) challenges that federal law enforcement officers and agents face; (2) applicable training, policies, and guidance; and (3) existing leading practices, relevant tools, and efforts to leverage information. GAO selected the five DHS and five DOJ law enforcement components (e.g., Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation) that represent the largest concentration of law enforcement officers within the two departments. GAO reviewed the training, policies, and guidance in place, as well as efforts to enhance them, and discussed these matters with knowledgeable officials. In addition, GAO held discussion groups with a nongeneralizable sample of law enforcement officers and agents, selected through component contacts, to discuss their perspectives. GAO also reviewed studies on law enforcement responses to individuals with mental illness to help identify leading practices and tools and interviewed stakeholders, selected through a structured process, to obtain their perspectives.

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