Memphis Gets National Attention For Crisis Intervention Program

Memphis Gets National Attention For Crisis Intervention Program

Memphis is getting nationwide recognition for something that has had the Memphis Police Department in the spotlight for more than twenty years.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis is getting nationwide recognition for something that has had the Memphis Police Department in the spotlight for more than twenty years.

The city's Crisis Intervention Program is considered a model of how to handle mentally challenged people the right way.

Just this week "USA Today" talked about how other police departments in the country are copying the Memphis plan.

If somebody is having mental illness issues, or if they are trying to take their own lives, the officers that they look for are the ones wearing a little round crisis intervention program pin.

“This pin says a lot. We teach our mental consumers, those that have had any dealings with us. They know that when they see that pin, there's a friend coming,” Major V.E. Beasley said. “When we make the scene and the consumer...the first thing they do...they start scanning police officers, looking for that pin. When they see that pin, everything else is null and void. All they want to do is talk to that guy who is wearing that pin.”

Major Beasley said the members of the team go through extensive training. They often take part in exercises that have been real life experiences of the Crisis Intervention Program.

Most of their work is done right in the middle of a situation that could turn dangerous for everybody.

“It's the collaboration, the partnership we have with these guys, that makes it work. We've got the U of M, the VA Hospital, and they're just gems for us. Whenever I talk about starting a program, I tell them that's what makes it work,” Beasley said.

For crisis intervention, their word is their most powerful weapon.
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