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Hello El Paso! Welcome back to the Minerva4Sheriff blog. Today, we’re discussing an important issue: the intersection of mental health and law enforcement. As a candidate for Sheriff, Minerva Torres is committed to addressing mental health crises with compassion and expertise. Join us as we explore new policies for improving how law enforcement handles mental health issues in El Paso.

The Need for Change

Mental health crises are a significant concern for law enforcement agencies. Properly addressing these situations requires specialized training and resources.

  1. Increasing Incidents:
    • Law enforcement agencies are encountering more situations involving individuals with mental health issues. Proper training and resources are crucial for handling these incidents effectively.
  2. Reducing Stigma:
    • Reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues is essential for encouraging individuals to seek help and for improving community relations.
  3. Building Trust:
    • Handling mental health crises with care and professionalism builds trust between law enforcement and the community.

New Policies and Training

Minerva Torres for Sheriff proposes comprehensive policies and training programs to address mental health issues in law enforcement.

  1. Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT):
    • Establishing Crisis Intervention Teams composed of specially trained officers and mental health professionals ensures that individuals in crisis receive appropriate care and support.
  2. Mental Health Training:
    • Providing officers with comprehensive training on recognizing and responding to mental health crises ensures they are prepared to handle these situations effectively and compassionately.
  3. Partnerships with Mental Health Organizations:
    • Collaborating with local mental health organizations enhances the resources and support available to individuals in crisis and ensures a coordinated response.

Community Outreach and Support

Community outreach and support are essential for addressing mental health issues and building trust between law enforcement and residents.

  1. Public Education Campaigns:
    • Launching public education campaigns to raise awareness about mental health issues and available resources encourages individuals to seek help and reduces stigma.
  2. Support Services:
    • Providing access to mental health support services, such as counseling and support groups, ensures that individuals receive the help they need.
  3. Community Partnerships:
    • Partnering with community organizations to provide resources and support for individuals with mental health issues enhances the overall well-being of the community.


Addressing mental health issues in law enforcement is essential for improving public safety and building trust in El Paso. Minerva Torres for Sheriff is committed to implementing comprehensive policies and training programs to ensure that mental health crises are handled with care and professionalism. Together, we can create a safer, more compassionate El Paso.