Law enforcement officers typically are first to respond to a mental health crisis. Those experiencing such crises can become dangerous and act out in public areas, often putting officers, emergency responders and the public at risk. The focus of the 40-hour long training at WilmU’s Dover campus was designed to prepare each first responder trainee to de-escalate crisis situations in order to provide for the safety of all involved. Upon completion of the weeklong event, trainees received certificates and a lapel pin from designated command staff of the trainees’ respective police departments.
Speakers included Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services secretary Rita Landgraf, Delaware State Supreme Court Justice The Honorable Henry DuPont Ridgely, and Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., superintendent of the Delaware State Police. Wu