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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.”

Last May and June, over a span of 19 days, a total of 663 frontline patrol constables, sergeants and staff sergeants participated in one day of training each.

The training, which focused on real life scenarios such as depression, alcohol withdrawal, schizophrenia, suicidal individuals, mania, domestic disputes and gambling addictions, were conducted with professional actors.

“It’s important because there has been a number of tragedies in which individuals…

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