NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – When dealing with the mentally ill, it’s a sensitive situation, especially for police.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi On The Story

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St. Sen. Jeff Klein is proposing a bill aimed at putting police in a better position to respond to emergencies involving the mentally ill.

It would require service providers who place them in residential housing to let police know if those clients have a history of violence.

“We really need to get local law enforcement the tools that they need,” Klein told WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi.

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Klein says if officers are aware of the background, they can alter their tactics.

“[It would] provide for the safety of the client and the tenants that reside in these buildings,” said Klein.

He says, unfortunately, that’s not happening right now.

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He adds that his bill balances privacy and protection.