More mental health training sought for DeKalb police | www.ajc.com

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More mental health training sought for DeKalb police | www.ajc.com

DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander plans to require more mental health training for officers and outside investigations of fatal shootings by police.

Alexander is seeking the changes after the recent police-involved shooting deaths of Anthony Hill, who witnesses said was nude and crawling outside his Chamblee apartment complex, and Kevin Davis, who had called 911 to report an assault on his girlfriend.

Alexander told DeKalb commissioners Tuesday wants all current and incoming officers to complete 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Team training, which helps them recognize signs of behavioral problems caused by mental illness or substance abuse. The officer who shot Hill, Robert Olsen, had gone through the training in 2009.

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