News and Tribune

Recent Local News

May 18, 2012

Area officers learn ways to deal with mentally ill

JEFFERSONVILLE — Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 Judge Dan Moore is working to arm Clark County officers with the training they need to identify those who have mental illnesses and how to respond to them while they are on the job.

Moore said if mental illness isn’t understood, officers may take people to jail after thinking they are being disorderly.

“It’s training area officers how to recognize the signs of mental illness, so they can take them to the hospital,” Moore said. “That person needs quick intervention by medical experts.”

Officers from Charlestown, Clarksville and Jeffersonville police departments in addition to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department came to the three-day Crisis Intervention Training this week to learn the signs of mental illness and how to react to them.

Jeffersonville Police Patrolman Chris Martin said he deals with mentally ill people on a daily basis.

“I thought it’d be good to better understand the mentally ill. I know it will help me on the streets when I’m dealing with them,” he said. “I’ve learned how to talk to them and the signs to look for.”

Jeffersonville Police Cpl. Keith Broady said it is important to know the signs, so that officers understand the person isn’t being defiant, but cannot respond as someone else can at that moment.

“There are so many unknowns when you are dealing with somebody with a mental illness,” he said. “There are so many ways they can react to their illness and you don’t want to hurt them [by being hands-on], because it isn’t their fault.”

A total of 16 people came to the training, up seven from last year, which was the first year for the program, Program Coordinator Leah James said.

James said when mentally ill people are mistakenly taken to jail, it is disruptive to the people in the jail as well as more traumatizing for the ill person.

“It’s for the patient to get the help they really need. They aren’t criminals. They are ill,” she said.

Moore said the program is funded through a federal grant. He said he hopes the county will continue to receive the grant funds to keep the program going in the future. If not, he said he will ask the county to consider paying for its continuance.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.