What is APD’s training and role when you are worried about a family member, friend, anyone you care about, who exhibits behaviors or behavioral changes that make you concerned for their safety and possibly the safety of others? How do our city resources and staff work to identify community members struggling with mental health issues or other types of crises, make assessments and network with community resources to assist the individual in obtaining the help and services they require? The city crisis team strives to prevent a mentally ill person from hurting or killing others or getting hurt or killed themselves and uses interventions to prevent jailing an individual when appropriate earlier interventions can be made which would divert the need for custody, and much more.
Sergeant John Gonzales of the APD Violent Crimes Division, Crisis Intervention Team leader will be the speaker and focus of this week’s meeting. You will have the opportunity to learn how our community approaches working with citizens on social and mental health issues that communities across our country stuggle to address. I hope you will all mark your calendar and set a reminder so you can attend this meeting. Please support our guest speaker with your attendance.
The agenda will include a few minutes on the standard reports, a brief Foothills Command update, a vote on the proposed bylaws change (posted previously) and any new business you may want to present.
I hope to see you at the meeting. 7PM at the Foothills substation meeting room, this Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Nena-Joy Almodovar, ECNA President