The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is changing how they are doing community policing.
In an effort to better serve their community, more than a dozen Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies are participating in crisis intervention training.
“It’s teaching officers how to identify resources within their own community to assist those who have substance abuse disorders, that have mental health issues that are living with mental illness,” said Michael Chindblom, Crisis Intervention Officer Montgomery County Police.
The training, which is being taught by police from the Montgomery County Crisis Intervention Team, will also go through de-escalation techniques for those who are suffering from psychotic disorders.
Officials say this training is all about adapting and changing some of their current policies. Officials also say this training will help identify certain subgroups with the communities they police.
“Law enforcement in general, we need to change and we need to adapt and this is part of that change and being able to adapt and identify not only certain subgroups within the community, but help to assist the community and better serve our communities,” said Chindblom.
Officials say their overall goal with this training is to develop partnerships with law enforcement agencies and staff from health and human services to breakdown stigma’s associated with mental illnesses.