Cops need ‘urgent’ mental health training

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A report into the NSW Police Force’s critical incident investigations recommends urgent training for officers so they can better respond and help those experiencing a mental health crisis. Picture: Toby Zerna

A report into the NSW Police Force’s critical incident investigations recommends urgent training for officers so they can better respond and help those experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) report, released on Tuesday, covers five years of independent monitoring of the force’s critical incident investigations.

The investigations are launched whenever there is a serious injury or death in an incident involving a police officer, such as a police shooting or use of force on a suspect in custody.

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Police critical incidents occur when someone involved with police is seriously injured or killed. Picture: Toby Zerna

The report used 17 incidents as a case study, all of which occurred since July 2017.

The report

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