MPD NAMED NATIONAL LEARNING SITE

April 26, 2011

Others Can Learn From Mental Health Program

A national nonprofit organization, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, has selected the Madison Police Department (MPD) as one six learning sites in the country where other law enforcement agencies can go for guidance on how best to respond to people with mental illnesses.

"Madison Police Department has represented excellence in community policing for many years, and their clear commitment to serving people with mental illnesses and those in crisis is a natural extension of this philosophy. As a leader in the field of specialized law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses, the department is devoted to providing prompt assistance to other jurisdictions in need of help to create, improve, or expand their own programs," said CSG Justice Center project director Blake Norton on the group's website: http://www.consensusproject.org/features/technical-assistance-available-...

According to the agency's website: "CSG Justice Center staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies-informed by available evidence-to increase public safety and strengthen communities."

The MPD is committed to protecting and serving everyone in the Madison community, and is honored to be named a learning site by the CSG Justice Center.

Contact:
  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897
  • Lt. Kristen Roman, 267-1194