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    Using Mental Health Team, Not Cops, on 911 Calls Lowers Crime

    June 14 – Pairing a mental health expert with a paramedic to respond to low-level, nonviolent 911 calls decreased the number of criminal offenses in downtown Denver, a new study reveals. These non-police response teams were trained to address problems related to mental health, depression, poverty, homelessness, and/or substance abuse. During 6 months in 2020, the project reduced crimes related to alcohol and drugs, disorderly conduct, and other crimes against people by 34%. During the same pilot phase, overall crimes dropped 14% in the eight police precincts that took part in the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program, compared to precincts where police responded to all types of 911 calls.…