Sheriff’s Dept. joins One Thoughts Marketing campaign to enhance psychological well being response | Tompkins County

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office announced that it is committed to improving its response to people with mental illness in our community. The pledge is part of an initiative called One Mind Campaign, launched by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a professional law enforcement association that provides training, technical assistance, and recruiting services. To join the One Mind Campaign, law enforcement agencies must commit to implementing four promising practices over a period of 12 to 36 months to ensure successful future interactions between police officers and those with mental illness.

In law enforcement, people with mental illness have become a common focus, with some departments estimating that up to 20% of their service requests are related to mental health problems. Sheriff Derek Osborne and Undersheriff Jennifer Olin made the decision to join the IACP’s One Mind Campaign because they wanted to give agency members the educational tools they need to better serve those in need.

By completing the One Mind Pledge, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has established a sustainable partnership with the Tompkins County’s Mental Health Department, developing and implementing a model guideline to manage vicarious interactions with those affected by mental illness and ensure that all of their alternates receive mental health awareness training, with at least 20% of the agency completing the Higher Level Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) or equivalent crisis response training. The 40-hour crisis intervention curriculum is designed to train members to respond to calls affecting people with mental illness. The curriculum includes training on various de-escalation techniques and live role-play scenarios by officers responding to people in need of psychological assistance.

The biggest benefit in accepting the One Mind Campaign’s promise was the opportunity to show the community that it is really important to us to develop an appropriate response to situations that require a better understanding of the problems that people with mental health are having Diseases are faced, the Sheriff Office said in a statement.

Sheriff Osborne stated, “I thank Undersheriff Olin for the work they have done to bring this training to our office and the Tompkins County Mental Health Department for helping provide the necessary resources to conduct the training. I am also proud of my agency members, who enthusiastically participated in the training and recognized its importance. “

Further information on the One Mind Campaign can be found on the IACP website at A list of all sponsors who have accepted the commitment is available there.

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