WAYNESBORO, VA May is Mental Health Awareness Month and knowing how to deal with people with mental conditions is important for officers. Waynesboro City Council voted Monday night to adopt an ordinance that would help train police for crisis intervention.
The Council voted to move more than $263,000 of federal funds to the general fund to train officers for the Blue Ridge Crisis intervention Team. We caught up with Sergeant Edwards of Waynesboro Police. He told us that the training won't just benefit Waynesboro, but the entire local community.
"The fortunate thing about this grant is that it benefits Waynesboro, August County, Staunton, pretty much the entire area, Middle River Regional Jail, and most first responders in the area. And there are mental health issues that really surround us," says Sergeant Edwards.
Edwards says many people use 911 as their go-to for emergencies, making training even more important