Across the country, thousands of people facing behavioral health issues end up in prisons and jails. But they often encounter law enforcement officials before that happens.
During his many years on patrol, Lt. Shane Briscoe with the Las Cruces Police Dept. has been dealing with behavioral health issues. He says there are four common groups.
“The ones that we deal with are depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenic disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, those are the categories that we really deal with,” says Briscoe.