Creating a Crisis Response Team for the City of Worcester Public
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The police in the United States are overburdened with responsibilities, some of which they are not trained to handle (Love, 2020). This includes emergency situations where citizens are in a state of mental or emotional crisis. In these situations, this lack of trained individuals at the scene can result in unnecessary violence. The purpose of our project was to research effective Crisis Response Team models and produce a set of recommendations for the city of Worcester, MA in their effort to establish a Crisis Response Team. The methods we utilized to conduct our research included archival research, semi-structured interviews, and SWOT analyses. We recommended that Worcester consider two crisis response models: The Co-Response Response Model and the Community Response Model. These models require the establishment of a specialized team tasked with responding to these crisis situations, one with direct law enforcement involvement and one without.
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