Flashcards in Policing the Emotinonally Disturbed Deck (9)
Mentall Ilness, Crime and Danger
- There is no causal relationship between mental illness and crime or between mental illness and violence.
- People with mental illness often exhibit behavior patterns and verbal indicators that seem inappropriate, inflexible, and impulsive
Zone of Safety
A minimum distance of twenty (20) feet is recommended
NYPD POLICY DEALING WITH EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSONS
- If the emotionally disturbed person is armed or violent, no attempt will be made to take the EDP into custody without the specific direction of a supervisor
- isolate and contain
When entering the psychiatric ward
o Sign in Psychiatric Admitting Log
o Unload firearm and place ammunition in pocket, holster weapon
o Safeguard the EDP until examined by a psychiatrist
• Must inform them of the circumstances that brought the EDP there
• Must inform relieving officer of the circumstances at EOT
o Upon departing:
• Make sure firearm is reloaded
• Prepare Aided card
• Sign out of the Psychiatric Admitting Log
THE USE OF FORCE WHEN HANDLING EDPs
- With EDPs, as in every case, you may use only the minimum amount of force reasonably necessary to control the situation.
Conducted Energy Device (Taser)
3-foot polycarbonate shield (in RMP)
Pepper spray (on person)
Velcro restraining straps
-Do not hogtie
Get people in custody off their stomachs as soon as possible
Do not use ropes on anybody
Do not use chokeholds
Provide immediate help to people who have difficulty breathing:
WHEN THE EDP HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
- Remove property that is dangerous to life or will aid in escape.
- The uniformed member of the service must ride in the body of the ambulance with the EDP.