Erie Police Department re-establishes Crisis Car unit to respond to mental-health calls

The Erie Police Department has re-established a Crisis Car unit to help address a growing number of mental-health-related calls in the city.

Ten officers who applied for the unit have completed specialized training in mental health crises, substance abuse, domestic violence, and suicidal individuals. Combined training with numerous local service providers ensures that these officers …

Three new officers sworn in to Erie Police Department

Three new police officers were sworn in to the Erie Police Department today in City Council chambers at Erie City Hall.

The new officers are:

James Mark Pettinato, 31, an Erie resident, and graduate of Villa Maria Academy and the criminal justice program at Mercyhurst University. Pettinato has five years previous law enforcement experience with the …

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