Law enforcement officers from across the state are going through crisis intervention training at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office this week, learning to deal with people who might be mentally ill.
Tuesday officers took turns role playing, training how to recognize behaviors of persons with mental illness, and ways to deal with them in crisis. The officers say it is something they deal with almost daily.
National Alliance On Mental Illness Program Administrator Pat Strode said "We teach them skills to try to de-escalate the person that's in crisis. And then perhaps get them to some treatment or to some support or other services to help them in their recovery."
The training will continue through tomorrow, then the officers will return to their organizations to train other officers in the crisis intervention techniques.