- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Everett Police Department is making sure all its officers have advanced training in how to handle people in crisis.

The Daily Herald newspaper reports (https://goo.gl/Kq9c2a ) that Everett is the second city in the state, after Spokane, to require all officers to undergo 40 hours of crisis intervention training. About two-thirds of Seattle officers have taken the 40-hour training, but it’s not a requirement there.

The course helps teach officers how to respond to people who may be in the throes of a mental health or drug-related crisis. It also gives them information about community services that may provide alternatives to hauling someone to jail or an emergency room.

Legislators last year passed a law requiring all police officers in the state to obtain eight hours of crisis intervention training by 2021. Officers also must receive a two-hour refresher course every year.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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