Table 1

Police Preferences for Mental-Health-Related Training Topics

 Rating*% Responding
 Very Important*
Suicide by Cop*3.7782.4
Your Potential Liability for Bad
Decreasing Suicide Risk*3.7174.4
Mental Health Law*3.6368.0
How to Recognize Mental Illness3.6266.4
Drug and Alcohol Abuse3.5864.8
Effective Communication With
 Persons With Mental Illness3.5864.8
Stress Management3.5158.4
Management of Problem Behaviors3.4449.2
Mental Health Resources in
 Your Area/Institution3.3745.9
Personality Disorders3.2736.0
Overview of Specific Types of Mental
Types of Medication and Their Side
  • Based on a Likert-type scale: 1, completely unimportant; 2, fairly unimportant; 3, fairly important; 4, very important.

  • * Topics rated significantly higher (based on repeated-measures ANOVA with p < .05) than

  • topics.