SFPD does do peaceful resolutions in stand off situations as do all police depts. I'm all for saving LEO's lives in situations where there could be booby traps with explosives in stand off situations.
They don't just willy nilly send in robots to blow people up. Jesus.
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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Improving our response to crises involving the mentally ill
Public safety incidents involving the mentally ill have been increasing in recent years, posing a serious challenge for the police and our community. From January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, SFPD received 21,860 calls for help in cases involving a person in a behavioral or mental health crisis. These types of incidents include attempted suicides, suspects brandishing weapons, a mentally disturbed person, and youth who are out of their parent’s control. During the same period, SFPD received an additional 28,980 calls to check on the well-being of individuals in distress. Examples of this include someone found lying in the street, running in and out of traffic or believed to be isolated in an apartment.
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San Francisco's New Street Crisis Response Team Launches Today
Monday, November 30, 2020
Partnership between the Department of Public Health and Fire Department begins with first SCRT Team on the street today with more teams to come as pilot ramps up. SCRT offers a non-police response to calls related to people suffering from mental health and substance use issues on City streets.
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the launch of the first phase of San Francisco’s Street Crisis Response Team (SCRT) pilot program. The first team will begin responding to 911 calls regarding people experiencing behavioral health crises today. The Street Crisis Response Team is part of San Francisco’s efforts to develop alternatives to police responses to non-violent calls, which advances the Mayor’s roadmap to fundamentally change the way that the City handles public safety, and is also a major step in implementing Mental Health SF.
The SCRT pilot program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Fire Department with significant support from the Department of Emergency Management. The San Francisco Police Department will also be a key partner in the transition of certain types of 911 calls to the new teams. Each team includes a community paramedic, a behavioral health clinician, and a behavioral health peer specialist. The goal of the new program is to provide an appropriate non-law enforcement response to behavioral health emergencies in San Francisco and divert individuals in crisis away from emergency rooms and criminal legal settings into behavioral health treatment. The SCRT aims to provide trauma-informed clinical interventions and care coordination for people who experience behavioral health crises on the streets of San Francisco.
“This new program can help us break the cycle that all too often keeps people going in and out of our emergency rooms or our jails. When the Street Crisis Response Team responds to a call for someone in crisis, they’ll be able to help with compassion and clinical skills to get people the care and support they need,” said Mayor Breed. “Changing the way we respond to non-violent calls is going to take work and it’s going to take time. The SCRT is an important first step in our long-term effort to change how we respond to people suffering on our streets.”
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