SALT LAKE CITY — Mental health is a major conversation across the United States and here in Utah. The topic of mental health calls and police are at the top of many people’s minds after body camera footage was released of a 13-year-old autistic boy being shot by SLCPD this week.
FOX13 News talked with Salt Lake City police and the Utah Department of Human Services about mental health and resources in Utah. None of the discussions are about the Sept. 4th shooting.
For the past four years, four Salt Lake City police officers have partnered with a social worker on mental health and homeless calls.
“My job is to handle the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for the department, as well as I try to handle as many mental health calls that come in and we also handle homeless calls and we do follow up that patrol officers