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How Olmsted County Deputies respond to people in crisis

September 11, 2019 07:01 PM

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to “Persons in Crisis” calls often. 

"It seems with today's society and everything going on there's a lot more anxiety out there.  So it's not uncommon for 2 to 3 times a week for us to respond to these types of calls," said Sgt. Rich Carmack.  

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Tuesday afternoon was no different.

"We got a call for a person in crisis so we responded to the area in rural Olmsted County. He was threatening to harm himself and talked to a couple of friends and let them know he released his dog and said goodbye,” he said.

Deputies found him in the area of White Bridge Road NE over the Zumbro River.

"As soon as I got out of my patrol car and started walking towards the bridge, he climbed up on the railing and stepped over. So I just signaled to him. I won't come any closer. I don't want to pressure you,” said Dept. Chad Miller. 

These are techniques all deputies learn when they go through Crisis Intervention Training. 

"It's a 40 hour training and then we have refresher courses that we go through also. It's just about mediation. You try to understand what their specific crisis is, ways to talk them down and hopefully resolve it in a peaceful manner,” said Carmack. 

That made all the difference Tuesday. 

"Keying up that ability to relate to another human being on a personal level, to forget about the badge, forget about the uniform...and let's talk about it. Let's be people together,” said Miller. 

They spent 45 minutes talking to the man and eventually, he stepped back to safety. 

"I'm glad that it happened the way it did. And we were able to talk to him and get it resolved peaceably,” said Carmack.  

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Talia Milavetz

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