Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
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Criminal Intelligence Analysis
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Bachelor of Science
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The following paper aims to identify and explain variation in Ohio police department methods of response to calls for service (CFS) involving mental health crises. Police response to mentally ill or disturbed individuals has become a topic of increased discussion in recent decades. Communities have attempted to bring reform to this area with alternative solutions, including specially trained police officers, co-response with social workers, or community-based response teams. Geographic and demographic factors such as police department size, population served, and availability of mental health resources impact how communities and police departments approach this issue. This paper consists of a literature review covering current police approaches, data collection and analysis on a random sample of 200 Ohio police departments, individual reviews of the three largest Ohio police departments, and a discussion of findings and implications.
Sarah St. George
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Dietrich, Brett, "Variation in Ohio Police Response to Mental Health Crises" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1708.