Murrieta Police Department’s newest team provides a welcome addition to changing the landscape of mental health calls

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Officer Aaron Creed, left, and Karina Martinez make up the Community Behavioral Health Assessment Team with the Murrieta Police Department. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Murrieta Police Department recently rolled out its new Community Behavioral Health Assessment Team, CBAT, which pairs professional expertise and officers to better handle mental health issues while in the field, while also supplying those in crisis with the resources they need. Lt. James Gruwell and Sgt. Matthew Embrey supervise the CBAT team, which consists of one licensed clinical therapist provided by Riverside County, and one Murrieta police officer. Both the Murrieta Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Temecula Station have come together and partnered their CBAT programs. “We both are facing the same issues in terms of an increase in calls,” Embrey said. “Because we work closely with the Temecula Sheriff’s Station and we have a very good wor
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