East New York precinct gets highest number of calls for Emotionally Disturbed Persons
Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct has the highest number of 911 calls for Emotionally Disturbed Persons out of any precinct in the five boroughs, according to a report by investigative news outlet The City.
There were 5,428 EDP calls made to 911 in the 75th Precinct last year, according to data compiled by The City. The precinct covers East New York and Cypress Hills. That’s about 15 calls made per day to officers policing a precinct of more than 183,000 people.
EDP is a police term describing a wide range of erratic behavior. Though not all EDP calls involve an individual with a mental illness, symptoms of mental illness often lead to a police response for an EDP.
It increasingly falls to police officers to address individuals suffering from mental health crises, despite most officers lacking specific mental health training, according to the report. Over the last decade, EDP calls have nearly doubled — from 97,000 per year in 2009 to nearly 180,000 last year, according to the data.