Dealing with The Emotionally Disturbed

Staying in control when a suspect is aggressive

Dave Smith breaks down a violent encounter with a panhandler in order to highlight the importance of coordinating with your partner when entering a dangerous situation and using different tools at your disposal when one tool fails.

Law enforcement interaction with the dangerously mentally ill

Highly recommended piece by Greg Sancier, Ph.D. a contributor on interacting with the dangerously mentally ill with a list of pre-incident indicators cops should look for. 

Balancing Persuasion and Force In Dealing With Disturbed/Suicidal Persons and Returning Veterans

In addition to responding to reports of crimes and patrolling or investigating to try to detect and prevent crimes in progress, police officers frequently are called upon to respond to situations involving suicidal or otherwise disturbed persons. Being suicidal is a mental health problem and social issue, and not itself a crime. At the same time, suicidal or otherwise disturbed persons frequently do engage in conduct which constitutes a crime.

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