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Can police and mental health
workers really team up? In
Durango, the answer is yes

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Posted By: cjjeepercreeper, 7/24/2021 1:21:39 PM

On a regular day at work, Matt Teague and Forrest Kinney hop into a Durango Police Department patrol vehicle. The car is outfitted with the typical police gear – a dispatch radio, weapons, safety equipment – but also a teddy bear, bottled water and blankets. Teague, a social worker, and Kinney, a police officer, focus on a unique approach to emergency response that combines mental health care with policing. “The goal is treatment, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment,” Teague said. “Sometimes, it’s as simple as getting assistance through Manna (soup kitchen) or housing assistance.”


Umm...ok. At least they are taking a cop along.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: CactusStar 7/24/2021 1:39:41 PM (No. 855677)
You are talking Durango not Detroit, moron.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Come And Take It 7/24/2021 1:41:47 PM (No. 855679)
Touchy-feely crapola. Need a hug, mister crackhead with an 8-inch knife?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: sanspeur 7/24/2021 1:42:12 PM (No. 855680)
and maybe the police is astride a horse ! ain’t gonna cut it in the bowels of the big city ..
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Reply 4 - Posted by: formerNYer 7/24/2021 1:42:28 PM (No. 855681)
Wait until the first health worker get's killed, they narrative will be 'unexpected.'
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Reply 5 - Posted by: volksford 7/24/2021 1:43:10 PM (No. 855682)
A regular day at work avg two calls a day....yea pump some more money into this baby !
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Reply 6 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper 7/24/2021 1:48:20 PM (No. 855690)
Probably responding to calls about agitated Texans because they have to wait in line 2 hours to get into a restaurant because we are over run with them. It is insane.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Californian 7/24/2021 1:54:33 PM (No. 855700)
I feel bad for that cop not having a real cop partner when something bad goes down. He's effectively answering calls solo. I have no problem if 911 decided a situation needs a mental health worker and not a cop and sends them out instead but cops need cops to back them up, not blankets and teddy bears, when the shooting starts.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Italiano 7/24/2021 1:55:34 PM (No. 855702)
Of course. Durango, that hotbed of black-on-black crime and drug wars.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: SALady 7/24/2021 1:57:40 PM (No. 855705)
Durango is about 99% white. Mostly upper-middle class and affluent people. There are no gangs, and crime is pretty low there. Let's try that experiment in Chicago or Detroit or any of the other super-high-crime cities. I'm guessing you are going to get a much different outcome!!!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Jethro bo 7/24/2021 2:13:23 PM (No. 855716)
We got murder going through the roof and the answer is handing Teddy Bears out? Really? Guess that will stop the gang banger for killing each other.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: lakerman1 7/24/2021 2:30:31 PM (No. 855721)
As a retired professor, I am in favor of new approaches to social problems. Durango represents a first step in trying out the police officer/social worker model. And while it might not work, as set up in Durango, in large cities, modifications could be made to test the model. I'll wait to see how it works out.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ribicon 7/24/2021 2:35:40 PM (No. 855724)
The city population is a mere 16,887 and is 86.8% White, so likely there is no problem with the antics of violent Africans and homeless people being cloaked as "mental illness" or "unhinged."
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MDConservative 7/24/2021 2:50:12 PM (No. 855734)
If that's what the residents of Durango want, fine. I really do not understand the resistance to trying something in a community. It appears Durango is not a hot spot of crime, particularly violent crime - zero murders and an assault per week. And I wonder whether an apparntly contracted social worker couldn't make all these checks on his own, without the police. OTOH, those "treated" may have information of value for the police, and it gives them something to do. Whatever, it's Durango's program.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 7/24/2021 4:35:21 PM (No. 855773)
Durango? It's a sleepy little mountain town in the middle of nowhere. Probably OD's and main problem.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 7/24/2021 5:10:03 PM (No. 855794)
They got them trains bringing the riff-raff from Leadville! No joke! C'mon man! They infest southern Colorado and eat all the tapioca! You gotta go to Taos to even get a pudding pop! I'm working with that person in the House of Reprehensibles to declare a law that makes it illegal to have people from Leadville to eat pudding in Durango! Oops, I just filled my didie! I'll have more to say when my bum bum is all wipey. (Brain dead Joe)
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 7/24/2021 8:23:27 PM (No. 855929)
Don't attempt this silliness Memphis, St. Louis or NYC.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 7/25/2021 3:30:00 AM (No. 856100)
How long before the LEO has to save the social worker ? We waste more money in this country.
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