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Mental health calls to police up

Law enforcement agencies throughout the region have reported seeing an 84 percent increase in the number of calls for service that stem from mental health issues, according to new data compiled by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division.

In 2015, these calls exceeded 31,700, compared to 17,276 in 2009, and do not include calls for other reasons that later were determined to be related to an underlying mental health issue in some way.

While the region as a whole has increased its number of Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT), the growing calls continue to consume significant law enforcement resources. Some jurisdictions require two sworn officers to respond to mental health-related calls; additional time required is to assess the situation, and time is required to transport and supervise an individual to a licensed facility to be evaluated.

Resources are available to help those with mental illness:

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County Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240.

Resource referral service: 2-1-1

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Websites: up2sd.org and toughtimessd.org

Police Blotter:

May 26

Residential burglary, 7600 block Mar Ave., 8:30 a.m.

May 27

Commercial burglary, 900 block South Coast Blvd., 12 p.m.

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Burglary/shoplifting, 1800 block Castellana Road, 12 p.m.

Theft/larceny, 7200 block Eads Ave., 7 p.m.

Battery with serious bodily injury, 5700 block Beaumont Ave., 11 p.m.

May 28

Vehicle break-in, 7500 block Eads Ave., 2:30 a.m.

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Vehicle break-in, 8300 block Camino Del Oro, 8:30 a.m.

DUI: Alcohol and/or drugs, 1400 block Park Row, 11:45 p.m.

May 29

Residential burglary, 7700 bloc Fay Ave., 12 p.m.

Commercial burglary, 900 block Pearl St., 5:30 p.m.

Battery with serious bodily injury, 7100 block Caminito Olmo, 10:27 p.m.

Residential burglary, 2700 block Caminito Prado, 11:25 p.m.

Minor driver transporting alcohol, 2000 block Via Casa Alta, 10:57 p.m.

Possession of marijuana, 28.5 grams or less with no prior, 6600 block Neptune Place, 1:55 p.m.

Vandalism ($400 or more), 1700 block Alta La Jolla Drive, 10:30 p.m.

May 30

Residential burglary, 1200 block Tourmaline St., 2:35 a.m.

Vehicle break-in, 300 block Nautilus St., 10 p.m.

Vehicle break-in, 3000 block Woodford Drive, 1:10 p.m.

Vandalism ($400 or more), 1700 block Alta La Jolla Drive, 12 a.m.

May 31

Residential burglary, 1400 block Al Bahr Drive, 7 p.m.

Petty theft, 1000 block Prospect St., 11 a.m.

June 1

Commercial burglary, 7800 block Ivanhoe Ave., 7 p.m.

June 3

Battery with serious bodily injury, 900 block Tourmaline St., 11:15 a.m.

June 5

Vehicle break-in/theft, 400 block Belvedere St., 9 p.m.


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