NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans police department clears another landmark today in its march to reform.
It will graduate its newest class of officers, trained in special techniques.
They are called de-escalation techniques. It came about to try and help New Orleans police officers manage behavior linked to mental health disorders."
The goal is to train 20 percent of patrol officers in de-escalation techniques as part of the federal consent decree, designed to turn the department around.
It's called crisis intervention team training and officers in the program have received 40 hours of instruction intended to minimize the use of force against people who may be in some sort of mental crisis.
"The worst thing you can do is to under-react or to over-reacted," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The training included on-site visitation to mental health facilities and interaction with people suffering from mental illnesses.
The goal now is to place officers with training in de-escalation techniques in each police district.
The graduation takes place at 10 a.m.