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Interview with Bakersfield Police Department

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In this video, we talk with Nathan and Jeff from the Bakersfield Police Department about the intersection of policing and mental health during the current public health crisis. We discuss what the police are doing to keep the department healthy and how the department is changing procedures and protocols to help the public maintain social distancing. The officers also discuss the prevalence of mental health 911 calls during the pandemic and how police can use de-escalation tactics and crisis intervention training to deal with mental health issues.