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CNN/Police encounters with people dealing with mental health issues can go very wrong, very quickly.

“A lot of people with special needs may not react very well to a police in uniform, but they may just react very well if a grandparent gets on the phone,” said Westport, Connecticut Police Chief Fotios “Foti” Koskinas.
That’s why Koskinas’ department has partnered with local organizations to set up a voluntary registry for family and friends of people with mental health challenges, such as schizophrenia, who may panic or seem violent when approached by police.

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