The Frederick Police Department is on the lookout for permanent “crisis cars,” but an ongoing global supply shortage is making their mission difficult.
In July 2021, Frederick Police launched a pilot program to help respond to mental health emergencies with a mix of resources. In a crisis car, now an unmarked police vehicle, are a plainclothes police officer, paramedic Shepard Pratt, a paramedic with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, and mental health provider Shepard Pratt. They form a crisis response team.
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