By Police1 staff
NEW YORK — The CSG Justice Center has announced the launch of the national Expanding First Response Commission.
Comprised of elected officials, behavioral health professionals, law enforcement representatives and community leaders, the Commission will create national recommendations for policymakers at the federal and state levels aimed at ensuring that communities across the country have a rich continuum of response options available to emergency situations . calls for service.
Commission members meet regularly with several guiding principles for their work:
- Engage stakeholders and experts to develop strategies that sustain community response models and build best practices for how they can function as strong parts of comprehensive crisis and security systems.
- Unifying voices of national and local experts to promote local responders as part of effective crisis systems and as meaningful, legitimate and professional first responders within those systems.
- Connecting narrow sectors of community response program work (ie dispatch and law enforcement partnership, city management, fire/emergency medical services and elected officials) to develop a shared understanding and set of steps to advance these models.
- Elevate informed voices to shape the commission’s recommendations.
- To create space for community response models as tools for national innovation in public safety and crisis systems.
The commission offers a number of resources, including a toolkit that outlines best practices for implementing an effective community response program:
An Expanding First Response Assessment Tool is a complementary component of the Expanding First Response toolkit that can be used to help communities determine where they are in planning, implementing, and sustaining community response programs. After completing the tool, users will receive a summary of their results and resources to aid their progress or reinforce their success story. Click here to access.
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