Very quickly, calls for the creation and implementation of police/social worker co-response teams are gaining in number and volume nationwide. They might sound good in theory, BUT DO THEY REALLY WORK?
What are the risks? The upsides? Are these programs the way of the future or a recipe for disaster?
Does a police/social worker co-response program make sense for YOUR agency?
In this FREE Calibre Press Webinar, sponsored by Vector Solutions, Lt. Jim Glennon along with Skokie, IL Police/Social Worker team Officer Kimberly Blue and Social Worker Brian McHugh, will take a candid deep dive into this topic.
Speaking from boots-on-the-ground experience they will discuss:
- The team: What makes a good social worker for this job? What makes a cop a good co-responder candidate? Do officers pick their social worker partners?
- Tactical issues: When do social workers get involved? Who decides? How can you avoid social worker “interference” and how do officers keep unarmed social workers safe in unstable situations?
- Training: How are social workers trained to navigate law enforcement encounters? How do social worker/cop partners train together? Do they?
- Multi-agency involvement: Do fire and EMS play a role in LE/SW co-responder calls?
- Navigating calls: Figuring out who should do and say what, when.
- Documentation: Do cops & social worker teams write reports together? Separately? What does that look like?
- Results: Do stats show that these programs are generally successful? Where are they working…and where aren’t they working?
- Education: Do social worker degree programs include dealing with people acting out during acute states of mental illness in their curriculum? (The answer: no.)
And much more!
NOTE: All registrants will receive a LINK TO A RECORDING of the program within five business days of the event.