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Inside LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit




Police officers take part in a check-in from LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit during a roll call on Friday morning, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Topanga Police Department in Canoga Park.
Police officers take part in a check-in from LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit during a roll call on Friday morning, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Topanga Police Department in Canoga Park.
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When L.A. police killed a man with a history of mental issues last week on Skid Row, it sparked renewed calls for better training. 

But, the LAPD is actually a national leader when it comes to handling people going through a mental health crisis, thanks to a specially trained team called the Mental Evaluation Unit. 

In a three-part series, Southern California Public Radio's Stephanie O'Neill takes a look at the unit.