Politics
11:49 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Violence Prevention Task Force Seeks Volunteers for Response Teams

In its first official public action, Louisville's Violence Prevention Work Group has put out a call for volunteers for a new crisis response team.

As the name implies, the response team will be sent to crisis situations (typically crime scenes) to work with bystanders, family members, witnesses, etc. and help alleviate the trauma. The team would ideally help prevent the actions that spurred the creation of the Violence Prevention Work Group in the first place.

Mayor Greg Fischer formed the 37-member task force earlier this year after a violent day in the Parkland neighborhood. Minutes after an initial shooting, a girlfriend of one of the victims shot another victim's girlfriend blocks away. Police Chief Steve Conrad said at the time that a crisis response team may have prevented the second shooting. 

Here's information from the mayor's office on the search for task force volunteers:

The first phase of recruiting for the crisis response team occurred in July and was focused on clergy and behavioral health professionals. In this second phase, recruitment is being expanded to other members of the public including first responders, members of any faith community, health educators, physicians, and nurses. [edit]                                                                                              To serve on the response team, participants must complete online trainings in Psychological First Aid and National Incident Management System as well as attend a one-day class (Psychological First Aid II) on Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St. Individuals can register and receive information on completing on-line portion of the training at http://kccrb.ky.gov/train/ or call 888-522-7228. All courses are free. The one-day class on Aug. 30 will be conducted by the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB), the state’s lead disaster behavioral health agency.