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Police talk about training for people with mental health diagnoses

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

 Many people have asked how law enforcement agencies are equipped to handle run-ins with people who have a mental health diagnosis after Thursday's interview with the Harreld family.

Waterloo Police say they receive extra training when it comes to situations involving people who have a mental health diagnosis.

Waterloo Police Lieutenant Michael McNamee said there are about six officers on the force who have extra training from mental health professionals.

According to McNamee, the officers have about 40 extra hours of mental health training from  professionals in the field.

Police say they also keep a record on file when someone with a mental health diagnosis is booked into jail.

"A town our size, you get to know people you've dealt with more than once, so often times officers have an indication," said McNamee. 

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