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Denise Hackel, left, president of the St. Croix Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Linda Flanders, coordinator of the Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (PCCJCC), showed a manual Thursday about Crisis Intervention Training for dealing with mentally ill people. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Officers to be trained in dealing with mentally ill

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Often first at the scene of a crisis, police officers don’t always have the skills necessary to deal with mentally ill people.


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Bill Kirk
Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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