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August 1, 2014, 6:54 am
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Authorities Explore Ways To Deal With Mentally Ill


Police and prosecutors are working together to find ways to better deal with potentially dangerous situations that arise when cops encounter mentally ill people.

 

A panel of experts… including Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart… say it’s an issue that was put on the back burner in favor of a focus on national security after 9-11. But they say the problem is on the rise and needs a focused, coordinated effort to deal with it.

 

A group of law enforcement officials met in Springfield Wednesday to discuss the subject and trade ideas.

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