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Nassau deputies receive training with mental health experts

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Updated: 1/27 5:33 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- Deputies in Nassau County say they are better prepared to handle situations dealing with the mentally ill thanks to special training with mental health experts.

Over the last several weeks officials with the Florida State College trained deputies to identify mental illnesses and deal with those who exhibit the behavior.  

"Law enforcement officers face a myriad of problems and issues on a daily basis," said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper."It is important that they are properly trained in order to resolve any situation.”

A press release states the training will help officers see which people need help and who can be considered potential threats.

Deputies are expected to reach a comfort level that will help them in situations where mental treatment of suspects is needed. 

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