Maybe police should have more and better training. That's a thought State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) has with the passing parade of news stories about police and troubled individuals shooting one another. Gordon-Booth is sponsoring a bill which would allow the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to develop a curriculum for police who have to deal with the mentally ill when they are called to a crisis.

Obviously, with so much of the conversation right now surrounding police officers' responses to many of these interactions, Gordon-Booth says, it raises questions of what is proper (and) what is not proper when you encounter individuals with mental illness.


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The situation is close to State Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford). In 2012, we had a (possibly suicidal) citizen of Rockford shot and killed, she said; a month later, we had a similar incident, but that individual was somehow taken into a hospital for an assessment. There were some differences in racial and ethnic background in those cases.

Wallace says the training should be ongoing to refresh and update officers as to the best practices.

H.B. 4112 has passed the House Human Services Committee.

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