California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Thursday honored the Burbank Police Department’s mental health evaluation team, calling the program a “smart” model that has helped free up resources within the city and countywide.
Burbank was one of six local law enforcement agencies that received an Attorney General Award.
When established roughly a year ago, the Burbank police mental health evaluation team was tasked with responding to an uptick in mental health calls citywide, which had jumped from 293 calls in 2008 to 567 last year.
“Officers would triage such incidents, but there was no structure to provide follow-up or long-term care,” Harris said at the ceremony in downtown L.A. Thursday. “This team provides that missing piece.”