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Denver police are planning on letting civilians respond to 911 calls as part of a pioneering new scheme.
Under the plans civilian teams of mental health workers and medics would be dispatched to deal with emergencies instead of police officers.
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Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said he believes officers are not always needed on 911 calls and that in non-threatening cases, civilians could be used instead.
'If we have a team of dedicated individuals with those types of backgrounds, we feel like we can have a positive impact on our most vulnerable population,' Chief Pazen said.
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The city of Eugene, Oregon already uses a similar program called 'Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets' or 'CAHOOTS'.
Denver Alliance for Street Health Response Director Vinnie Cervantes recently visited the city to see the system in action.
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