- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say the second crisis intervention class has graduated from a 40-hour training course.

Spokesman Tyler Gamble says 25 officers graduated Tuesday. That makes 49 trained so far to deal with people in crisis from a mental illness or behavioral disorder, and if possible calm them down without using force.

Trained officers are assigned to each police district.

Gamble says that as part of a federal lawsuit settlement, by August the department will train at least one-fifth of the officers assigned to answer calls.

The city currently has about 1,160 officers. Gamble did not immediately respond to a query about how many will get the training.

The first class graduated in September.

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