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Police students train to deal with people that have mental illness
National headlines show the crimes associated with crises related to people with mental illnesses.
What the news headlines don't show are the hours of training men and women go through to deal with these types of cases.
This is a peek into training exercises cadets with the LIT Police Academy go through.
They're learning how to deal with someone who suffers from psychosis or hallucinations.
A knife teaches them how to deal with weapons.
Although this is only an exercise, cadets and officers alike take the outcome very seriously.
One mistake could mean the difference between life and death for an officer.
Those in training are taught to deal with the situation in a calm, soothing manner.
Sergeant Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department says it's important to note that most people who deal with mental illnesses are not dangerous.
The training today is part of an 18-week course at the LIT Police Academy.
They graduate December 18.