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An Inside Look into IMPD Initiatives Aimed at Intervention for those Living with Mental Illness: An Interview with Sergeant Lance Dardeen - Criminal Justice News

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Criminal Justice News

Posted on: Apr 1, 2019

By Brittany Kelly, Marion County Public Defender Agency

In the last few years, IMPD has made big changes in its department in order to better serve our community, specifically those with mental illness. Initiatives such as the Mobile Crisis Assistance Team, the Behavioral Health Unit, Crisis Intervention Team training, and mandatory Mental Health First Aid training are allowing officers to prioritize de-escalation techniques and connection with resources over arrest. Lance Dardeen has devoted his career to serving community members in crisis. I had the privilege of sitting down with him to discuss these programs. Check out the interview here.

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