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Richland Police Trained On How To Deal With A Mental Health Crisis

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- On Tuesday a group of nearly 30 Richland police officers got some training on how to help someone going through a mental health crisis.

The training was led by John Simpkin, a mental health professional. Simpkin has worked with Richland police for close to a year.

He's developed a specific plan to help officers deal with the needs of the community, making sure the outcome is positive.

"Whether it's getting them connected to a provider or a clinician, whether it's getting them de-escalated and calmed down, so the incident doesn't turn into an arrest, that's the main concern," said John Simpkin.

The workshop was eight hours long. Officers learned how to assess an emergency situation with someone who is mentally ill, including the patient's mood, speech, and appearance.

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