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Mission in Kosovo trained police trainers on improving interactions with people with mental health problems

Category
Mission Activity
Date(s)
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Subject
Policing
Subject
Policing
Date(s)
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Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
human rights, victims, victim protection, psychology

Summary

From 22 August to 2 September, the Mission delivered an intensive training to 13 police trainers focusing on improving their knowledge and ability to effectively deal with incidents involving victims and suspects who suffer from mental health problems. The training comes as a result of such incidents that have occurred in the recent past and aimed at enhancing interactions between police officers and people with mental health problems.

In line with requirements and needs of the police, the designed course entailed lessons on identifying the signs and symptoms of most common mental illnesses, understanding of mental health issues by first responders, competencies in interviewing and communicating with mentally ill persons, and verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to assist in controlling the situation. Specific focus was given to improving the skills and procedures when interacting with and controlling mentally ill and emotionally disturbed persons, in accordance with proportionate force continuum response whilst upholding human rights.

Information

Added on
06 Sep 2016
Origin
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Region
Serbia, OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Keywords
human rights, victims, victim protection, psychology
Rights
OSCE