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Crisis Intervention. The Police Response to Vulnerable Individuals. Rick Parent

Police agencies require a specialised response when dealing with individuals who are vulnerable owing to their emotional, mental or physical state. During their time of crisis, these individuals may be irrational and violent due to the factors that include suicidal ideation, psychosis, emotional upheaval and the influence of a substance. In a significant number of these cases, the police response has resulted in the wounding or death of the vulnerable individual.