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Hinds Co. deputies to receive crisis intervention training

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On any given day, lawmen come in contact with suspects who suffer a mental illness. Often times they are locked away in jail when they need medical attention.

Sheriff Tyrone Lewis said Thursday his deputies will receive special Crisis Intervention Team training.

"Number one, he said will help elevate overcrowding in jail for people that should not be in jail and should be getting treatment from a specialist for their mental capacity. So, it's cost effective when we don't have to house individuals, to feed them, shelter them or provide medical care for them."

The Hinds County sheriff in conjunction with Hinds Behavioral Health Services and the National Alliance on Mental Illness announced deputies will be trained to identify and help these suspects.

Deputy Keith Roberts is the CIT coordinator.

"It's the first ever training, full week long, 40-hour certification course in the state of Mississippi in the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff Lewis we will put on, which will start next week. The training program will be offered every three months for deputies."

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