Illinois 'Battle Buddy' program sends cops with military background to respond to veterans in crisis

So instead of sending in social workers, a pioneering Illinois polizia program designed to aid despondent and suicidal veterani deploys officers who have military backgrounds of their own to 911 calls about vets in crisis.

quando 911 dispatchers at the Joliet Police Department receive a call, they’re trained to ask several routine questions – such as are there weapons in the house, is the subject COVID positivo, and whether they served in the military.

If they say he’s a veteran, and he’s thinking of killing himself, then right away the lightbulb goes off and they know to that contact any Battle Buddy that’s working at the current time to respond to the scene,” Joliet Police Lt. Moises Avila explained to Fox News Friday.

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In one instance, Avila responded to a report of a missing Air Force veteran who was believed to have been suicidal, Egli ha detto. The Battle Buddy found him, brought him home, and got to know him.

When a 911 call came in about the same man months later, Avila arrived to find him holding a knife to his own throat.

He recognized me from the previous contact, it was a real positive contact,” Egli ha detto. “As soon as saw me, heard my name, he immediately put the knife down.

That man has called Avila personally several times since then.

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