Montrose files grant to support mental health in police officers

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The City of Montrose has applied for a grant that will help support their officers' mental health.

The grant is for $41,000 and will provide funding for local police departments to help with mental health issues both during their response and after they respond.

The money will go towards training several officers to be peer supporters.

They’re also asking for a vehicle for their co-responder who is from the Center for Mental Health. That responder goes with the officers for mental health calls.

"Police officers see a lot of things and it's easier for them to relate to their colleagues than perhaps someone else and so what this does is provide those officers with the resources they need to take care of themselves,” said Kendall Cramer, grant coordinator, City of Montrose.

These peer supporters will be available 24/7. For now, the city is waiting to hear back to see if they were accepted.

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