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Academic Training to Inform Police Responses: A National Curriculum to Enhance Police Engagement With People With Behavioral Health Issues and Developmental Disabilities

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July 2020
1 page
This fact sheet outlines the features of a collaborative project whose goal is to improve the training of police for effective interactions with and services to individuals with behavioral health (BH) issues and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Researchers from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati - in collaboration with Policy Research Associates, the Arc of the United States' National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police - are cooperatively working on a national curriculum, technologically advanced training methods, and best practice guides and products that will facilitate the achievement of three objectives: 1) Address the need for additional police training and resources for effective service to BH and I/DD individuals; 2) Raise awareness among law enforcement personnel about the nature and needs of persons with BH issues and I/DD; and 3) Facilitate the use of evidence-based and best practices in police response to persons with BH issues and I/DD.