Syracuse Police Talk Down a Suicidal Person: Both Officers Participated in Crisis Intervention Training

On Sunday, August 30th, 2020, at around 1:44 A.M., Officers Christopher Buske, Angel Cordero, and Sgt. Ryan Brimmer responded to Upstate Hospital to assist with a suicidal person complaint. ​ Upon arrival, Officers met with SUNY Upstate Hospital Police units and encountered a 14-year-old male with a knife.

The male was threatening suicide-by-cop and was also cutting himself. The 14-year-old was in apparent mental distress, and Officers began to engage the male in de-escalation communications. After several moments of talking to the 14-year-old and calming him down, the male dropped the knife, and Officers were then able to administer care.  

Both Officers have Crisis Intervention Training, which is specially designed to teach Officers how to deal with those in mental distress and de-escalate tense situations.