YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A number of police officers from the area are learning this week about another valuable tool to keep potentially dangerous situations from getting out of control.
Two dozen men and women from departments in Mahoning County are spending the week at Youngstown State, taking a course in “Crisis Intervention” training.
The program is put together by the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board to help officers deal with calls involving family disputes and drug addiction issues before they boil over into violent confrontations, as well as learning about services that may be available.
“The police officers have the ability to have someone committed to the hospital, so they’re also learning about that,” “Learning about the resources..And the interaction..But also what builds up to these situations.” Duane Piccarilli with the Mahoning County Health Board said.
The Mental Health Board is underwriting the cost of this week’s program and will be holding another just like it in October.