HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — All police officers in Connecticut will be required to undergo training on how to deal with mentally ill people under a bill headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.
The training mandate is one of many mental health system improvements proposed by Malloy in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. The legislature approved the training requirement this month as part of a massive budget bill the governor is expected to sign soon.
The proposal followed at least half a dozen police-involved shootings in the state since last year.
Last year, Norwich police fired 41 shots at Michael Dugas, who was struck six times and died. His family says he was depressed, and they’re suing police. A prosecutor ruled officers were justified.