When it comes to emergency situations of a more delicate nature, the Wheeling Police Department is working to put together a specialized team to move in and keep the situation from escalating.
The group is called the Crisis Intervention Tactical Training and Team and their goal is to have officers, dispatchers, and others become more familiar with different areas of mental.
"For example if we are experiencing repeat calls for service for, let's just say hypothetically a homeless individual in Downtown Wheeling who may be suffering from mental illness," said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.
Members of the team would make contact with that person and perform an assessment to determine the proper course of action, because jail isn't always the best place for everyone.
Schwertfeger strongly believes the team will help cut down on repeat calls involving the same individuals and ultimately lead to police resources being on other issues in the City.
"We've even reached out to Senator Manchin just yesterday, I spoke to his office about a letter of support with the Federal Government."
The grant they have applied for is in the amount of $250,000 and the City of Wheeling has agreed to match the funds. All of the money will go to help implement the team as well as the 40-hours of training needed to help educate everyone on how to respond.
"If we do not get the grant, we are going to proceed anyway," Schwertfeger said. "We will develop to the best of our ability, this training for officers."
The police department should know by October if they are awarded the grant money.