Police Officers encounter mental health consumers on a regular basis, however mandated training is lacking when it comes to prioritizing the need for this training. The Beaumont Police Department is committed to going above the minimum training required for encountering citizens in our community experiencing a mental health crisis. The Beaumont Police Department has teamed up with Spindletop Mental Health Center and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to provide additional training to our Officers on how to recognize symptoms of mental illness and possess the skills needed to engage someone in crisis and deescalate incidents.

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an eight-hour course specially designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers, and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety. Approximately 10,000 public safety professionals have taken the original Mental Health First Aid course.

Officer Haley Morrow will be available for interviews on this subject today.