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Denise Hackel, left, president of the St. Croix Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Linda Flanders, coordinator of the Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (PCCJCC), showed a manual Thursday about Crisis Intervention Training for dealing with mentally ill people. (River Falls Journal photo by Bill Kirk)

Officers to be trained in dealing with mentally ill

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Often first at the scene of a crisis, police officers don’t always have the skills necessary to deal with mentally ill people.

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