third annual state evaluation of lethal drive requires extra disaster intervention companies

For the third 12 months in a row, a state panel that evaluations Maine law enforcement officials’ use of lethal drive has known as for extra psychological well being and substance use dysfunction companies to be deployed on the native stage to assist mitigate doubtlessly lethal encounters with police. 

Maine’s Lethal Power Evaluation Panel was created in 2019 to evaluate the makes use of of lethal drive by police within the state and suggest methods officers can keep away from violence sooner or later. Since its inception, the panel’s first, second and now third annual stories have all known as for elevated planning by regulation enforcement businesses round psychological well being points and extra disaster intervention companies on the native stage. 

The panel’s newest annual report, which was launched Tuesday afternoon, particularly echoed calls for extra behavioral well being and substance use dysfunction therapy assets, particularly in rural areas, and higher collaboration and communication between service suppliers and regulation enforcement.