Community policing and mental health first aid

ACPAC mental health poster 2018-05-22The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee (ACPAC) has a public event this Tuesday, May 22 at the Albany Public Library to talk about community policing and responses to situations involving people with mental health issues.

Specifically, the topic of the discussion will be mental health first aid. Joelle Monaco of the Mental Health Association of New York State will be the featured guest. And members of the public will have the chance to learn about how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental health is an important topic generally, but it can be especially serious in the context of policing. How police officers and members of the public respond to someone with mental health issues can be a matter of life and death.

The ACPAC event is Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the Albany Public Library's Washington Ave Branch.

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