Please join us for a special screening of the 25-minute version of the award-winning HBO documentary: Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.
“No one calls us to give us good news. They call us because something bad is happening so they are in a crisis.…On average in a police academy in this country they spend 60 hours or more learning how to shoot a gun and they spend eight on mental health and communication. We need to shift that.” Ernie & Joe narrating in the film.
The documentary allows us to ride along with Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro as they work to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment, one 911 call at a time. At the time of the filming, both officers were part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit.
Rounding out the evening event after the screening are presentations by Dane County law enforcement officers who are implementing trauma-informed care strategies, a guest who has experienced a mental health crisis similar to the 911 callers featured in the film, and an audience discussion with “Crisis Cop,” Joe Smarro, and the other presenters. Joy Cardin, former WPR talk show host and LWVDC member will serve as moderator.
Registrants for this event will have the opportunity to view the 95-minute version of the film before or after the forum.