So, as detailed in a Thursday news release, Mann is requiring training for deputies and officers who have contact with suspects or with inmates. They must complete the 40-hour Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Training Program.
Classroom instruction is provided by the Georgia National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health service providers, folks in recovery, law enforcement and judicial system workers.
“Learning strategies, techniques and options for dealing with these very personal situations will help us do a better job of safely making arrests and safely securing inmates,” said Mann.
Nearly half of the sheriff’s office’s eligible deputies and officers have finished the training.
The jail offers “comprehensive mental health services,” such as intake assessment, separate housing facilities and special programs including voluntary group therapy sessions for inmates.