By NBC Left Field | YouTube | 1h 4m
Published in July of 2019

SUMMARY: Conservatively speaking, one in ten police interactions involve a mentally ill person, but rarely are police trained to deal with a person having a mental illness crisis. A Different Kind of Force follows the San Antonino police mental health unit as they respond to mental health situations and strive to employ crisis intervention training despite not receiving enough funding and support.

KEY QUOTE: “The bar that we have in police work is just stay alive. The most important thing is to go home at the end of the day. But that’s also a pretty low bar. We need to raise the bar of what our expectations are.”



More curated shows on policing:

SHOW: Flint Town

An intimate, engaging eight part series focusing on the Flint Police Department (Michigan) that shows the policing from all sides, the police, the public that supports them, the public that doesn’t support them, the politicians that support them and don’t support them, and everyone in-between. Flint Town shows the complexity of working for a police department in neighborhoods that are at high stress levels because of poverty, race, and, in Flint’s case, water issues. It also shows the differences in officer’s approaches to policing based on their ethnicity and where/how they grew up. This series is highly recommended.

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