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Travis Cty, TX: Deputies have week-long mental health training

July 13, 2018, Austin Statesman: More Travis County deputies getting crucial mental health training https://www.statesman.com/news/local/more-travis-county-deputies-getting-crucial-mental-health-training/GrbToB2Dq0cAxZQsCk1D7K/ Friday marked the end of a week-long training program at the Travis County sheriff’s office academy in Del Valle for 26 officers from agencies throughout Central Texas to earn mental health certifications. Travis County sheriff’s deputy Wes James, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was one of 10 deputies who participated in the training. James, who now works as a student resource officer at Manor High School, said he’s seen mental health calls rise through his years in law enforcement. The rate at which law enforcement officers have responded to calls involving people with mental health issues has been on the rise since 2010, at both the city and county level, according to sheriff’s office and police records obtained by the American-Statesman.