San Jose police manual calls for automatic response by crisis specialist for mental disturbances – San Jose Mercury News

Despite a police supervisor’s earlier statements to the contrary, the San Jose Police Department has a written policy to automatically send specially trained officers to calls when it is “known or suspected” that a mentally ill person is involved in a disturbance.

Police officials clarified their policy this week after a front-page article in the Mercury News on Sunday that quoted a Police Department supervisor who said dispatchers don’t automatically send out Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT, officers when mentally ill people are threatening to harm others or themselves. Story continues here ➤