La Crosse and Eau Claire police take part in crisis intervention training

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Local police are taking another step to improve the results of calls involving mental health issues.

On Wednesday, they learned de-escalation techniques with NAMI Wisconsin.

The department has focused on working with young people in mental health crisis as well as adults living with mental health issues.

Officers from La Crosse, Campbell and Eau Claire heard from mental health professionals and community members who have been through a mental health crisis or whose families have struggled with mental illness.

“It’s so important to take the time to recognize the best way to serve each other, and how we can sit down and have a conversation with someone, we can slow down time, we can allow someone to take back control of what he’s going through,” said Capt. Avrie Schott of the La Crosse Police Department.

La Crosse is one of three Wisconsin cities chosen to host the training. Other training sessions were held in Appleton and Sun Prairie.

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