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Sharp increase seen in mental health calls over past year

 

May 5, 2021



Calls for service to the Sweet Home Police Department from people suffering from mental health issues have gone up dramatically in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter of 2020, 31 calls were made to the police that Sweet Home officers deemed were from people with mental health issues were reported in the first quarter of 2020, while 120 such calls were reported in the first quarter of 2021.

“We’re trying to tackle the issue of our frequent flyers on mental health calls,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn at the April 19 meeting of the Sweet H...



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