Fulton County police try better way to deal with the mentally ill

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Fulton County police try better way to deal with the mentally ill

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Police Chief Gary Stiles is at the podium at a July briefing where he talks about police shootings. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM AJC File Photo

The first step to improving police interactions with the mentally ill could come with a survey. Eventually, it could lead to the creation of crisis intervention teams.

Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles wants the county and city police departments to start tracking interactions with people who have mental health issues.

By gathering information, he hopes to gain the data he needs to create a team of mental health professionals that would take over some of the work police are now doing.

“If we can prevent one tragic incident, then it’s worth it,” Stiles said.

To read more about the proposal, click here.

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