Seattle discussing dispatching behavioral health providers, crisis experts to 911 calls

The city wants to see if community service officers, crisis response experts, and behavioral health providers could be dispatched to certain calls.

SEATTLE — In Seattle, the city says it receives about 900,000 emergency 911 calls a year. The high call volume combined with a lack of officers right now has the city looking at alternatives.

The city wants to see if community service officers, crisis response experts, and behavioral health providers could be dispatched to certain calls. But exactly which calls and how the process would work are still being figured out.

On Tuesday, response times for 911 calls once again received attention

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