From the Dennis Police Department:
The Dennis Police Department is pleased to announce that the department has completed a pledge taken to improve the response to those suffering from mental illness in our community. The pledge is part of an initiative called the One Mind Campaign started by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a 30,000 member professional association for law enforcement that provides training, technical assistance, and recruitment services. To join the One Mind Campaign, law enforcement agencies must pledge to implement four promising practices in a 12-36 month period to ensure successful future interactions between police officers and persons with mental illness.
In the law enforcement community, mental illness has become a common focus, with some departments estimating that as many as 20% of their calls for service are related to mental health issues. To complete the One Mind Pledge, the Dennis Police Department was asked to do the following:
1.) Establish a sustainable partnership with a local mental health organization.
2.) Develop and implement a model policy to address officers’ interactions with those affected by mental illness.
3.) Ensure that all of their officers receive some type of mental health awareness training.
4.) Commit to twenty percent of the department completing the more intensive Crisis Intervention Training.
For more information about the One Mind Campaign, please visit the IACP’s website: http://www.theiacp.org/onemindcampaign/. A list of all agencies who have taken the pledge is also available there.