BPD Receive Mental Health First Aid Training

Bennington Police Department members are receiving Mental Health First Aid Training as part of ongoing efforts to improve policing in our community.

All members of the Bennington Police Department will be participating in Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement training over the next two days.

Mental Health First Aid training will assist members of the Bennington Police Department with our efforts in dealing with community members in crisis as well as co-workers involved in public safety.

Mental Health First Aid training instructs members of the Bennington Police Department on how to safely use de-escalation techniques with people in mental health or addictions crisis.

Members will also receive training in use of support services and how to guide people in crisis in the direction of support services.
Bennington Police Department Officers and staff often act as first responders for people in mental health and addictions crisis in Bennington. Training is vitally important to ensure department members know how to interact with people in crisis. Being able to recognize signs and symptoms, and being able to effectively communicate with people in crisis, can lead to a better outcome for everyone involved.

Mental Health First Aid training for Law Enforcement will also instruct members of the Bennington Police Department to look out for one another. Bennington Police Officers and Communications staff are more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mental Health First Aid will instruct Officers and staff on how to recognize signs of a mental health issue in their peers as well as themselves.