Noon Wednesday: Unarmed First Responders in Madison
By Marisa Wojcik | Here & Now
September 1, 2021 • South Central Region
Emergency responses to mental health crisis calls are primarily answered by police. As one-quarter of people killed in police shootings have a mental illness, cities are looking to change their approach by deploying unarmed first responders instead of law enforcement officers. Ché Stedman, assistant chief of medical affairs at the Madison Fire Department, explains how its new program works.