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Cortland police get training to handle mental health calls

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Police officers from across the region began a special week-long course today to learn how to better deal with mental health issues in the community.

Officers attending the Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team training will look to track those with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and toward mental health services.

Retired Rochester Police Sergeant Eric Weaver is leading the training program and says nearly 70% of emergency calls are related to mental health issues.

With this week’s session, nearly 45% of Cortland police officers will be fully trained to properly deal with mental health calls.

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