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Ypsilanti City Council To Discuss Mental Health And Community Policing Tonight

Sep 1, 2020

Mental health will be one of the main topics of discussion during Tuesday's Ypsilanti city council meeting.  

The city’s police chief will present council with information on mental health first aid training the police department completed for when officers are called to the field, to assist in a situation involving a person with mental illness.  City Council Member Brian Jones-Chance from the first ward says they will also discuss the need for public input for the city’s community policing strategy that will help prevent situations from escalating in the field.

Council Member Jones-Chance: If we can be on the side of prevention, I think things would be much better for everyone.  The climate right now is so volatile everywhere and it seems like if something happens anywhere, it’s happening to all of us.  

The city’s community policing strategy is also expected to improve the overall relationship between the police department and local residents.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu