Tucson Police Department

Police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs support law enforcement agencies around the country in planning and implementing effective public safety responses to people who have mental illnesses.

At A Glance

Total number of agency personnel:
Sworn: 850
Civilian: 400

Total population served:

Tucson, Arizona

Program Highlights

  • Mental Health Support Team (MHST)
    • Co-responder program pairs MHST officers with mental health clinicians
    • Proactively and compassionately connects people who have mental health needs to services before, during, and after a crisis
  • Crisis Mobile Teams (CMT)
    • Work in tandem with the crisis line to provide continuous access to services
  • Crisis Response Center (CRC)
    • Provides 24/7 emergency psychiatric and substance addiction treatment services for both adults and youth
  • Multi-tiered training is open to all levels of law enforcement, mental health workers, call takers and dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and firefighters. Training includes:
    • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and basic crisis mitigation and management training for all officers; training is also open to the community
    • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for officers on a voluntary basis
    • Advanced training for specialized units including MHST and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Negotiators


James Wakefield
270 South Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 837-7221


Dan Bustamante
270 South Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701


Website: Tucson Police Mental Health Support Team