Living with a mental illness is challenging.
For law enforcement, responding to a call involving someone in crisis is equally tough.
Just this year, in a 9-month period, Deschutes County’s Crisis Team fielded an average of 155 calls a month from law enforcement.
A collaborative effort between mental health professionals and law enforcement is trying to ease the challenge, and make sure people get treatment instead of potentially getting shot.
In tonight’s cover story, Central Oregon Daily Photojournalist Steve Kaufmann takes us to a training session giving officers the skills to handle some of their toughest calls.
A warning – some of the subject matter in this story might not be appropriate for all viewers.