Co-responders receive extensive training in mental health, substance intoxication and treatment, crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, crisis case management, tactical empathy, and more. Working as a team, law enforcement and a co-responder arrive together on calls that may involve mental health, substance use, the death of a loved one, or another type of crisis.
Boulder County Co-Responder Program
In June 2021, Erie Police introduced the Town to Melissa Richardson, a co-responder dedicated to Erie. In all of 2021, there were a total of 168 co-responder calls in the Town of Erie. The Boulder County Co-Responder team also works with Nederland, Lafayette, and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.