Dec. 16, 2013
Albemarle County police officers staged a training event on Monday, practicing how they would handle a crisis situation.
Officials say the recent attack on state Senator Creigh Deeds has brought mental health issues to the forefront of possible crisis situations. The department has always had a team dedicated to resolving these situations.
"Before we had crisis intervention training, we had a trained group of officers that could be called out to a scene, an incident, say a hostage incident or something where somebody was in crisis, where they have specialized training where they can talk to somebody to try to resolve that situation peacefully," said Albemarle Co. Police Lt. Todd Hopwood.
Law enforcement officers engage in this type of trying every month so that they can be better prepared for a real emergency.
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