HULL — Chief John Dunn is pleased to share that the Hull Police Department has completed its pledge through the One Mind Campaign to improve its response to those suffering from mental health disorders.
In 2017, the Hull Police Department pledged to join the One Mind Campaign, an initiative that was started by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in an effort to improve the interactions between law enforcement agencies and those with mental illnesses. Departments that pledge to join the campaign are challenged to implement practices within their agency to improve mental health programming, training and procedures within a one to three year time period.
The IACP also provides resources to departments that pledge to join the One Mind Campaign, including a toolkit produced by the Bureau of Justice Assistance with resources for law enforcement agencies looking to partner with mental health providers, a model policy for law enforcement when responding to persons suffering from mental illness, and resources for planning mental health first aid and crisis intervention team program trainings.
“I would like to commend our police officers for their dedication to improving our response and care for those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders,” said Chief Dunn. “I can proudly say that all Hull Police officers are trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid or an equivalent. With these trainings and certifications, the Hull Police Department has the necessary tools and the ability to take a more proactive approach to helping residents affected by mental illness.”
The Hull Police Department received a certificate of completion for fulfilling the goals of its One Mind Pledge from the IACP on Tuesday, February 25.