Salisbury Police Department to receive federal justice department grant

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury Police Department is set to receive a $100,000 Justice Department grant.

Rep. Andy Harris announced on Tuesday that the federal grant was awarded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and will be used for training in how to respond to mental health related calls for service.

Salisbury Police are aiming to create a model operation to include training both police and mental health providers on how to co-respond and integrate services (police officer and social worker), which would be the first program of its kind in the region.

Congressman Harris released a statement on the award:

“I’m glad that this grant increases, not decreases, the funding to law enforcement. There have been many back and forth discussion at various levels of government on the use of mental health professionals to respond to certain 911 calls. While I remain concerned about possible arbitrary determinations by operators to determine which response is appropriate in an time-sensitive emergency, this pilot program for co-responding to certain calls with police and mental health professionals can be an opportunity to evaluate its efficacy and see whether the needs of those with mental illness are better served. I look forward to hearing the results of this pilot program.”

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