On November 8, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Attorney General Josh Kaul and Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney on how emergency detentions are draining policing resources. Emergency detentions involve law enforcement taking a person into custody because they have a reason to believe the person has a mental illness and is a danger to themselves or others. Sheriff Mahoney discussed how this is a growing problem for law enforcement. "Not a day goes by that we aren't dealing with a mental health crisis somewhere...and we just hope it doesn't rise to the level of Chapter 51..." referring to the Wisconsin emergency detention statute that covers law enforcement officers' ability to take somebody into protective custody and detain them for observation for 72 hours. AG Kaul discussed the results of the emergency detention impact survey that the Department of Justice recently conducted on 355 agencies across the state. "One of the issues that I've heard about a lot is the transport time because of there only being one state facility [to take emergency detentions], but a second major issue...is that officers would like to have a consistent medical clearance process." AG Kaul described how there are challenges for officers when different medical facilities require different information for clearance.
Watch the full program: https://wiseye.org/2019/11/08/newsmakers-emergency-detentions-drain-policing-resources/
Watch the AG's Emergency Detention Summit: https://wiseye.org/2019/10/31/attorney-generals-summit-on-emergency-detention/
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