RADAR: Improving Police Encounters With Individuals With Mental Health Issues or Cognitive/Intellectual Deficits
Although residents of the City of Shoreline make up only 10.2 percent of the population area policed by the greater Kings County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), approximately 15 percent of the entire county’s mental health complaints and suicide attempt calls come from Shoreline. In response, Shoreline’s Response Planning and De-escalation and Referral (RADAR) Initiative aims to develop personalized response plans for Shoreline residents impacted by mental health issues or cognitive/intellectual deficits. The goal of the project is to enhance the safety and well-being of both the community and first responders through community caretaking and community policing.
- The City of Shoreline is home to 10.2 percent of King County residents, but contributes about 15 percent of all county mental health calls.
- Repeat callers are a significant challenge. One caller accounted for 49 calls over eight years, including 13 in 2014.
- The site implemented the Response Planning and De-escalation and Referral (RADAR) Initiative in January 2017.