Proposals

NYC Council Resolution on Emotional Disturbed Person Calls and the need for Crisis Intervention Teams:

WHEREAS, the New York City Police Department is currently the most used intervention for people in crisis in New York City; and

WHEREAS, the New York City Police Department responds to 100,000  crises or so called “Emotional Disturbed Person (EDP)” calls a year; and

WHEREAS, these calls often result in the unwarranted arrest, emotional and physical abuse and death of those in crisis; and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of the New York City Police Department to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment; and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of the Office of the Mayor to protect the safety, welfare, and rights of all New Yorkers;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor should instruct the Police Department to repair damaged relationships with communities and individuals in crisis affected by unwarranted abuse; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor should instruct the Police Department to reduce unwarranted abuse and death by expanding officer and cadet training to include a Crisis Intervention Team training model, currently the national standard in police crisis training; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor should instruct the Police Department to work along aside peer specialist and crisis intervention workers when responding to crisis/EDP calls; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor should instruct the Police Department to appoint a community oversight committee to measure the efficacy of the Crisis Intervention Teams as they are being implemented and to hold precinct commanders accountable for reducing unwarranted arrests, abuse and deaths in their precincts.

To join our coalition, please contact:

Carla Rabinowitz
Community Organizer, Community Access
(212) 780-1400, ext. 7726
crabinowitz@communityaccess.org

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