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Class aims to defuse police crises with mentally ill

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City police and those from surrounding agencies are making a push to better respond to incidents involving the mentally ill. Members of eight departments this week attended a special week-long training session with the goal of creating response teams that will help de-escalate situations involving the mentally ill. The Schenectady Police Department sent 13 members to the sessions, including 10 officers, two sergeants and a lieutenant. Two other sergeants underwent the training previously. “The idea ...

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