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Originally posted on Metro News:
More than 600 Edmonton Police Service members have improved interaction with the mentally ill, according to preliminary results of a unique training program.
Dr. Peter Silverstone, of the University of Alberta’s department of psychiatry, delivered the news to the Edmonton Police Commission at a meeting Thursday evening.
“The data we have to date is very exciting,” he said. “It looks like we have designed a program which will help police officers interact in a more empathetic way with individuals with mental problems.”