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Arizona House backs police training on mentally ill

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House of Representatives wants police officers to be better prepared when handling mentally ill people.

A measure passed unanimously by the House Thursday would require police cadets to attend a three-hour training session on how to recognize and handle a mentally ill or suicidal person.

The training must be certified by the director of the state Department of Health Services.

Police officers would be required to attend a 30-minute training class.

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