The course consists of a general overview of mental health issues and delves into a plethora of topics, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance-use disorders and more, Bronson said.
"It's a pretty comprehensive course where you learn most people with mental health illness are not violent," Bronson said. "That's something that's sort of a misconception."
A total of three classes in the county have trained about 50 to 60 officers from Westminster Police Department, Hampstead Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, McDaniel College Campus Safety and more.
"It's not something that is mandatory," said Lt. Misty Budzinski, of the Westminster Police Department and a county Mental Health First Aid instructor. "This is just a program that we're trying to get off the ground and launch so that all law enforcement officers are better equipped to handle mentally ill folks in our communities."