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Portland police and the mentally ill

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This week the Portland Police Department announced a draft of guidelines intended to improve the way officers interact with people suffering from mental illness, and reduce unnecessary conflict. 

The new policies give officers new options when dealing with the public. That includes not engaging with a mentally ill person, walking away from a call or waiting to take a person into custody for reasons of safety.

Sargent Peter Simpson is public information officer for the Portland Police Bureau and speaks with A Martinez.