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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Fairfax police train for mental health situations

Officer Dan Burger, left, and Pfc Joseph Thompson, right, try to keep Dave Florence, center, portraying a mentally confused person, from jumping off the roof as Fairfax County police officers engage in role playing as part of a push to better handle people with mental health issues during Crisis Intervention training. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Police officers across the nation have increasingly become the front line in dealing with people in the midst of mental health crises. And when officers aren’t ready to deal with someone in a psychotic episode, bad things can happen.

In Fairfax County, police have resumed Crisis Intervention training, to have officers ready to respond to someone threatening others or themselves. The Post’s Henri Cauvin has a terrific inside look at how Fairfax is dealing with this, and how one officer in particular recently saved a life.

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Categories:  Fairfax County, Police | Tags:  mental health, Virginia

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