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Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
Catonsville legislators propose special police unit for situations involving mentally ill
Catonsville legislators propose special police unit for situations involving mentally ill

Hoping to improve safety for both police officers and citizens, and also prevent the mentally ill from entering the criminal justice system, State Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (District 44) and Del. Charles Sydnor (District 44B) have sponsored legislation that would create separate mental health units for the Baltimore City police department and establish an evaluation system for the unit that already exists in Baltimore County. The legislation would establish a pilot program requiring both police departments to have units made up of officers trained to understand the needs of those with mental illness. "This type of collection of data will make it safer for everyone when those...

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