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Aurora Police, Social Workers Partner To Respond To Calls Together

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A program pairing Aurora police officers with social workers is far exceeding the need in the community.

(CBS) — A program pairing Aurora police officers with social workers is far exceeding the need in the community.

“Social workers forever have been going out on their own to things, and police officers have been going alone to things,” said Janeth Barba, or “JB” as her coworkers call her, as she geared up for another day working alongside Det. Douglas Rashkow.

The social worker from the Family Service Association of Greater Elgin and the police officer are partners on the department’s Crisis Intervention Team Enhanced, a program the two spearheaded that is comprised of 35 officers and social workers and four social work interns.

But again we’re peace keepers more than anything else,” said Rashkow.

The program staff set out to help 500 people this year.

“A lot of the calls that we usually respond to are individuals that are presenting crisis that often have suicidal ideation, so they might either be calling themselves in a panic,” said Barba.

From there we can determine what needs they had often times avoiding the emergency room altogether,” she said.

“It’s a phenomenal feeling,” Rashkow said.

I’ve only made an arrest where I think an arrest makes a difference, but I’ve found this makes more of a difference not only to the individual but to their family, their community, their children, and everybody that interacts with us. ”

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