“We’re pretty stubborn and set in our ways, and we need to change that.”

Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) speaker and Georgia police officer Captain Donnie James ensures his department properly responds to mental health crises. In this interview, he talks about crisis response protocol, how his department collaborates with local support services, and the importance of cross-disciplinary training in police academies. Originally from a small town in South Georgia, Capt. James left after high school to join the military. After 8 years in the military, he ended up in Chicago, where he was a police officer for a few years. He came home to Georgia to raise his son and continued his policing career in the Atlanta area.

*The views expressed in this interview are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of his department.*

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Law Enforcement Action Partnership speaker Capt. Donnie James is an active duty police officer in Georgia. He’s an expert in police responses to mental health crises, police training practices, and racial bias in the justice system. He is a proponent of body-worn cameras by police and improved awareness and treatment of PTSD in law enforcement.

Mikayla Hellwich is the speakers bureau & media relations director for LEAP.

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