In this webinar, one of the subjects of the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS, Joe Smarro, will share insights and techniques for compassionate policing. As a former officer with San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit, who helped to build the unit and responded every day for years to numerous mental health crisis calls, Joe will explain and model techniques for supporting people non-violently and with compassion, diverting them from jail, avoiding use of force, and getting people the help they need. Joe will share how-to’s, do’s, and don’t’s for starting a mental health unit for law enforcement in one’s community and discuss the need for and importance of crisis intervention training. A discussion about compassionate policing would not be complete without addressing officer wellness. Here, Joe will go deep and personal, sharing his own experiences and challenges with mental health, suggestions for self-care, and why we need a seismic shift around the way officer wellness is prioritized in this country.
During this webinar, Joe will discuss:
- Compassionate policing techniques
- The importance of CIT
- How and why to start a Mental Health Unit
- Suggestions for officer wellness
Established in 1970 through a large grant by the Ford Foundation, the National Police Foundation (NPF) is the oldest nationally known 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving American policing. NPF is a research organization with a long history of successful partnerships with law enforcement, cities, states, universities, federal agencies, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private foundations. NPF’s growing portfolio of scientific research and experiments remains the catalyst for significant changes in policing, informing scholars and practitioners alike, and serves as a model for the systematic examination of real-world challenges. Over the course of the last 50 years, NPF has conducted seminal research in police behavior, policy, and procedure, and continues leading efforts in new evidence-based practices and innovations to law enforcement. To accomplish this mission—Advancing Policing Through Innovation and Science—NPF works closely with public safety and criminal justice agencies across the country and internationally. Today, NPF continues to advance the impact and delivery of police services through reform, advancements and enhancements. The NPF also works with communities across the United States and internationally to provide research, training, and technical assistance relating to community engagement and problem solving; promoting safety and healthy organizations and officers; the reduction and prevention of violence; and equitable and fair justice for all. In addition to designing, conducting, and evaluating controlled experiments, NPF also provides a range of services to local public safety agencies that includes training, technical assistance, management analyses and planning.