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Gilbert Police Department creates crisis response team to focus on mental health calls
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Gilbert Police Department creates crisis response team to focus on mental health calls

GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - There’s a big focus on mental health across the country, and here in the Valley, one police department has a newly created crisis response team.The Gilbert Police Department says the team’s goal is to spend more time on calls with people who may be struggling, and they’ve been busy. The department is one of the first in the East Valley to create a crisis response team. The team launched in October and is already taking up to 16 calls a day. These officers respond to calls from people with mental illnesses, domestic violence, substance abuse, or addiction problems.Officer Calyssa Wilkerson is one of three people on the team. By the end of the year, it will consist of four officers and a sergeant. “There are a lot more mental health issues we are becoming aware o...