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File #: HCC-236-FY21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Presentation Status: Filed
File created: 2/18/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/1/2021 Final action: 3/1/2021
Title: Mental Health Program
Sponsors: City Administrator
Indexes: Presentation
Attachments: 1. HCPD MH Program- City Council March 1 Presentation
Submitted by: Acting Chief Scott Dunklee
Submitting Department: Police Department
Agenda Section: Presentation

Item Title:
Mental Health Program

Suggested Action:
Presentation Only

Summary Background:
The City has adopted the report on The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The 6th pillar in the report relates to Officer Safety and Wellness. This pillar realizes that for a police department to function well, we must recognize that officers' judgment and behavior are adversely affected by poor physical or psychological health. This is a beginning that will help us focus on mental health internally and support our external customers in the Hyattsville Community. The program then expands to a larger mental health response in the community. Grants, outside funding, and finding no-cost training courses will be an integral part of these programs.

The City of Hyattsville Police Department (HCPD) currently operates with annual, mandatory, in-service training for all officers. Content varies each year to maintain competencies but includes annual firearms review and de-escalation training. This proposed program adds mandatory and optional training and educational programming that specifically address mental health, self-care, and crisis response techniques.
The goal is to give every HCPD officer and dispatcher additional tools to best respond to individuals in emotional or psychological distress. This program proposal also provides opportunities for all HCPD employees to explore mental wellness techniques. The program calendar, which begins this spring, is designed to provide officers and dispatchers with useful information and training they can begin to use now.
Next Steps:
Programs under consideration
* Required quarterly mental wellness check-ins for all officers and dispatchers
* Optional, twice-weekly meditation and wellness sessions
* Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for two (2) officers (40 Hours)
* Req...

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