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Investigation Leads to Revamp of the Process for Screening Law Enforcement for Mental Health Issues

People seeking to become law enforcement officers — and those who already are — often have to pass psychological evaluations to make sure they’re fit for duty. For some time, the Harris County Sherriff’s Office — as well as several other law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston — have contracted with one woman to conduct […]

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People seeking to become law enforcement officers — and those who already are — often have to pass psychological evaluations to make sure they’re fit for duty. For some time, the Harris County Sherriff's Office — as well as several other law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston — have contracted with one woman to conduct those evaluations: Carol Busick.

However, an undercover agent found that Busick wasn't conducting face-to-face meetings with many of these officers, among other findings. With so much in the news about officer behavior and the stress surrounding law enforcement jobs, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (or TCOLE) hasn't taken this case lightly. In response, TCOLE is changing how it screens police officers, jailers and dispatchers for potential mental health issues.

Terri Langford, reporter at the Texas Tribune, has been following the story and sat down with Paige Phelps to go over the case and what happens next.

MORE: Deficient Police Psych Reviews Prompt Revamp (Texas Tribune, Nov. 5, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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