SC deputies complete program for dealing with mentally ill

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CHARLESTON, SC (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in three South Carolina counties have recently completed training for dealing with mentally ill people that they hope will make them more empathetic in such situations.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2cNhJ9a) deputies from Charleston, Dorchester and Richland counties participated in the 40-hour training led by the National Institute for Corrections. They used a curriculum developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine.

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Road deputies in Charleston County have participated in similar training for a year, but the sheriff’s office said this was the first time South Carolina jail deputies have completed the program.

Officials will track whether the jail sees a drop in use-of-force incidents after the training. Deputy Michael Walters says the training will help deputies use compassion in dealing with mentally ill people.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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