City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190750
Work Completed
Feb 10, 2011 7:00 PM

12 That this Board requests that the Administration, the Police and this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Safety coordinate with the National Empowerment Center on training police officers responding to situations involving people with mental illness.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz
Category:ResolutionFunctions:Resolution

Body

That this Board of Aldermen hereby requests that the Administration, the Police Department and this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Public Safety coordinate with the National Empowerment Center’s local representative to initiate a basic training plan for police officers on responding to situations where people with mental illness are involved.

 

Meeting History

Jan 27, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Feb 8, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Dr. Fisher spoke about his training program aimed at helping police officers to diffuse situations involving mentally ill individuals. The cost for the training is $60,000 and although Dr. Fisher has never trained a police department, he believes that his certification is the best protection against lawsuits. When asked what board gives Dr. Fisher the authority to issue certifications, he replied that he has the backing and references of various groups. Chief Pasquarello stated that all police officers receive training on similar situations at the police academy.

Alderman Pero's motion that the Administration consider including the Police Department training program offered by the National Empowerment Center in the FY-12 city budget, was approved.

Alderman White's motion that the Administration examine the possibility of participating in a pilot program with the National Empowerment Center, was approved.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Feb 10, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED