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Booked for Safekeeping (1960)

| Short, Drama | 1960 (USA)
A training film showing police officers how to deal with persons who are mentally ill.


George C. Stoney


James Daly


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James Daly ... Narrator


In this training film, the New Orleans police demonstrate ways to deal with persons who are mentally ill. The film's premise is that with proper attitude, training, backup, and patience, most if not all disturbances caused by persons who are mentally ill can be resolved without injury or violence. In several simulated scenes, the police demonstrate these tactics of delay, calm, sympathy, and minimal force. In its conclusion, the film urges citizens to demand 24-hour emergency response from medical personnel so that police and jails will not be the community's de facto mental institution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English | Spanish

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1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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1.33 : 1
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[Prologue]The Police are often called upon to deal with people who are mentally disturbed.

To help them the Louisiana Association for Mental Health, with the generous assistance of the New Orleans Police Department has produced this training film. See more »

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Forward Looking
25 June 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I'm not completely sure whom this industrial film produced by Louisiana was shown to. It discusses procedures for police dealing with crazy people -- no ties,and light their cigarettes because they can't have matches -- but it seems insufficiently technical in terms of police procedure to be aimed at cops. It might have been aimed at the high school audience and intended to show that just because Louisiana governors like Earl Long were insane did not mean you had to run screaming in terror when their minions showed up.

James Daly narrates from an efficiently written script, with reasonably short words in reasonably short sentences. The message is to treat the criminally insane decently since they are likely to be more afraid of you than you are of them.

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