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Oakland launches civilian crisis response team to handle nonviolent mental health calls

Thursday, March 18, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The City of Oakland is taking a big step forward in reimagining public safety. The Oakland City Council unanimously greenlit a new program that will send civilians with medical and mental health training to respond to non-violent emergency calls in East Oakland instead of police.

The MACRO civilian crisis response program will soon launch in East Oakland.

The Oakland City council voted in favor of the creation of the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland during a ten-hour

meeting Tuesday night.

The creation of the crisis response team means that police officers with badges and guns will no longer respond to non-violent 911 calls for help involving a mental health crisis.

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