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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br />INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR IN CRISISOPS-24 <br /> <br />EFFECTIVE LAST REVISED NEW REVISED CALEA PAGE <br />DATE DATE DATE STANDARDS MET <br />1 of 21 <br />10-21-11 10-12-17 YES <br />08-04-04 <br /> <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Surprise Police Officers <br />when responding to or encountering situations involving individuals displaying <br />behaviors consistent with mental illness or in crisis. <br /> <br />II. POLICY <br /> <br />A. The policy of the Department is to protect individuals with mental illness or <br />who are in crisis from harming themselves, others, or property. <br />Oftentimes, officers come into contact with individuals who may be <br />mentally ill or in crisis and it is important that Department members <br />respond accordingly to minimize confusion and stress. The behavior that <br />the individual exhibits may be due to any number of factors, including <br />alcohol/drug dependency, emotional trauma, PTSD, or some other form of <br />mental illness. Regardless of the reason, the primary concern of the <br />officer coming into contact with such an individual is for the safety and <br />welfare of that individual, the community, and the officers. <br />B. The Surprise Police Department is committed to providing holistic service <br />options to all members of our community, including individuals with mental <br />illness or in crisis, in a manner consistent withour obligation to ensure the <br />protection of constitutional rights and the safety of all. As part of the <br />holistic approach by SPD, when calls are received by members of the <br />Communications Section that involve individuals who may potentially have <br />a mental illness or in crisis, the member will evaluate the situation to <br />determine if the individual would benefit most from response by an officer, <br />response or outreach by a mental health resource such as Mercy <br />Maricopa Integrated Care, or both. While some situations may require <br />response by an officer, other situations may be better treated and <br />resolved by a response from a mental health professional. <br />C. Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (Mercy Maricopa) is the Regional <br />Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Maricopa County and contracts <br />with a variety of community agencies to provide both crisis services and <br />longer-term outpatient services for behavioral and physical health <br />needs. <br /> <br /> Law enforcement and community members may contact the <br />Maricopa Crisis Line at 602-222-9444 or 1-800-631-1314, 24 <br />hours a day, 7 days a week for assistance with individuals with <br />mental illness or in crisis, and in locating resources. <br /> <br />