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Presented by Mike Ranalli, Laura Scarry and Ken Wallentine

Mental health resources in the U.S. are woefully inadequate, and police officers continue to be called to scenes where subjects are in crisis. Despite best intentions, officer intervention at such incidents can backfire, resulting in harm to the subject or officers.

What is an officer’s legal duty to intervene in such cases? How can the agency and the officer minimize liability and safety risks? In this presentation, three law enforcement and legal professionals will discuss the risks involved in non-criminal mental health incidents and officers’ obligation under the law.

You’ll learn:

  • Recent federal cases that shed light on the duty and authority imposed on officers intervening with suicidal subjects 
  • How the “state-created danger” theory applies to calls involving suicidal subjects
  • Three critical elements of tactical withdrawal and effective risk mitigation when faced with a person in crisis who is not an active threat

Presented by:

Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli
Program Manager
Lexipol

Laura Scarry
Partner, DeAno and Scarry
Legal Support Attorney, Lexipol

Ken Wallentine
Supervisory Special Agent, Utah Attorney General’s Office
Senior Legal Advisor, Lexipol

 

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