One Mind Campaign
In 2018, the East Hempfield Township Police Department pledged to take action in support of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign, with the intent to unite local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations in such a way that the three become “of one mind.” The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons with mental illness. To join the campaign, the department committed to implementing four promising practices over a 12–36 month timeframe. These four strategies include (1) establishing a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with one or more community mental health organization(s), (2) developing and implementing a model policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illness, (3) training and certifying 100 percent of the agency’s sworn officers (and selected nonsworn staff, such as dispatchers) in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety, and (4) providing Crisis Intervention Team training to a minimum of 20 percent of the agency’s sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers.)
In January 2019, the Department was awarded a certificate of completion. Only five agencies in Pennsylvania have achieved this distinction.