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You are assigned to the Office of Organizational Development for the Virtual City Police Department. The Chief of Police wants to revise the departmental policies related to dealing with individuals with mental health issues.

To assist the Chief of Police, you will conduct a review of recent literature from both scholarly and governmental sources related to law enforcement’s response to calls for service involving persons with mental health issues. In this review, you shall:

Summarize (between 150-300 words minimum) at least three scholarly articles on the subject of the proper response to calls for service involving persons with mental health issues.

Note that all of the articles must have been published no more than three years before the due date of the assignment.

However, at least one of the articles must have been published no more than one year prior the due date of the assignment.

Summarize (between 150-300 words minimum) at least one United States Government publication (Department of Justice, Congressional Research Forum, etc.) on the subject of the proper response to calls for service involving persons with mental health issues.

This source(s) must be: a document (electronic or otherwise—not a website), at least five pages long and, published no more than five years from the due date of the assignment.

Then, considering what you’ve learned from your sources and what you’ve learned about the administration of a police organization, describe your recommendations as to what best practices should be adopted by the Virtual Police Department when responding to calls for service involving persons with mental health issues.

After describing the best practices that should be adopted, address the following issues:

What are the benefits to the Virtual Police Department of adopting these recommendations?

What are the benefits to the public of adopting these recommendations

Address at least the following challenges to the Virtual Police Department of adopting these recommendations:

Other than the expense of implementing these recommendations, what are the challenges to departmental resources, including human resources?

What are the administrative challenges in adopting these best practices?

What, if any challenges, are there to the morale of the officers in adopting these recommendations?

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