New Pilot Program Will Pair Mental Health Experts With Police

Mayor Lightfoot noted that police cannot be the first and only responders on each call for service. That’s why she said the city will spend $16.5 million on community-based violence reduction efforts, including a new $1.3 million co-responder alternative dispatch pilot program.

Through the program, officers responding to a mental health crisis calls will be joined by a trained mental health professional, community paramedic and crisis intervention-trained officer.

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