By Kate Mather

July 13, 2017

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Los Angeles' police union has thrown its support behind a national push for

federal funding and other resources to help officers better prepare for

interactions with people who are mentally ill.

 

The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions

nationwide - including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago - calling on

the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal

devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond

to emergency calls.