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date: 22 October 2019

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The police role necessitates response to a wide variety of calls for service including those involving vulnerable populations. Vulnerability, however, is a difficult term to define and operationalize for police practitioners. It is a label that can be applied to diverse and large population including people who are physically ill, elderly, homeless, disabled, or have a mental illness. Vulnerability can be a descriptor of a substantial portion of the population with host of attributes that can be permanent or temporary.

Keywords: vulnerable populations, mental illness, mercy bookings, crisis intervention, police

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