Bill would require Mental Health Crisis Training for Officers
State legislators are considering a bill that would require police officers in Minnesota to receive a minimal amount of mental health crisis training.
The Senate Judiciary Budget committee took up the legislation Monday that would require officers to get four hours of training on how to respond to mental health calls. The bill’s sponsor is DFL Senator John Marty, of Roseville. Marty’s community is where police fatally shot John Birkeland in February. The 52-year-old was known to have mental health problems and had stabbed a police dog in the head.
According to Minnesota Public Radio News, a state audit report on mental health services in county jails found that sheriffs statewide reported about 13 percent of their deputies have completed a week-long, 40 hour crisis intervention training program.