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School resource officers complete first of its’ kind crisis intervention program

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — When it comes to our schools, nothing is more important than the health and safety of the children, and for the first time in New York’s history, a group of school resource officers is going one step further.

When it comes to crisis intervention, Broome County officials say it’s crucial to understand adolescent behavior so school resource officers can de-escalate things before a situation turns serious.

For the past week at Seton Catholic Central, a dozen school resource officers from across the county have participated in a class that’s the first of its kind.

The county crisis intervention team educated participants on how to not only react to situations, but how to help prevent them in the future. Officials say the crisis intervention unit is a partnership between different groups each vital for success.

“Crisis intervention team is a community collaboration that tries to bring mental health providers together with law enforcement officers who are the first response when somebody’s in a mental health crisis, so we offer tools and techniques to the officers on how to de-escalate situation in the hopes it doesn’t escalate to a hands-on situation,” said Michael Hatch, the crisis intervention team coordinator for the county.

Officials said early intervention into mental health can make the difference down the road in someone’s life.

Josh Rosenblatt

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