Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal


This paper analyzes the interactions between police officers and mentally ill individuals in order to understand these interactions and whether they are effective or whether they need to be improved upon. It is a secondary analysis of research, combining both a literature review of different theories relating to the topic and an analytical review of empirical research. Within this paper, it is proposed that police interact with mentally ill individuals fairly properly, but can use some improvement through partnerships with different organizations or better training. Use of force amongst officers in relation to mentally ill individuals will be analyzed, as well as different potential training regimes or partnerships that could better these interactions.