SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Suffolk Police Division is seeking to rent a psychological well being marketing consultant to be able to assist officers higher take care of those that undergo from psychological sickness.
Suffolk Metropolis Council unanimously accredited including the brand new place at their assembly Wednesday night time on the encouragement of Interim Police Chief Al Chandler who described psychological well being as “one of many largest points we’re having in regulation enforcement proper now.”
Chandler stated for the reason that pandemic, encounters with these affected by psychological sickness have develop into extra burdensome for officers. Primarily as a result of help providers have been tougher to come back by.
Greater than half of Virginia’s state-run mental health hospitals aren’t accepting any new patients and there may be nonetheless no concrete timeline for when admissions will resume.
“If there isn’t any psychiatric mattress out there, our officers actually will not be left with many choices,” Chandler stated.
He stated the brand new place would assist discover these choices.
“Check out our most frequent residents we discover in disaster and be capable of present them a stage of care previous to getting them to some extent of disaster,” Chandler stated. “It’s two-fold in that they could additionally assist our officers perceive psychological well being issues that they could, or their households could discover themselves coping with.”
The town is on the lookout for the popular applicant to have three to 5 years of expertise and be a licensed medical supplier.
Wage data was not instantly out there.