Beloit officers help man in crisis, follows mental health training

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Beloit Police Department says it loves to catch criminals, but finds just as much reward helping people on their worst days.

Several officers are being recognized for their potentially life-saving efforts.

On Sunday, a resident reported a young man on the Portland Bridge who appeared depressed.

Officers Doran and Trulley, recent graduates of the department's Crisis Intervention Training, talked with the young man and his friend.

Officers were able to assure the man that he wouldn't return to prison for being in crisis. The officers worked as a team to get the man to a safe location.

The man eventually agreed to seek voluntary treatment at the hospital.

Officers learned de-escalation strategies and how to help those facing mental crisis in the training.