Mental Health Unit

The St. Paul Police Department is a committed partner in encouraging and supporting mental health and wellness.

Specialized officers conduct proactive and reactive services citywide in an effort to connect citizens in need of services with available community resources.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, Dial 911. If you need assistance with connecting with resources, you may call the Mental Health Unit at 651-266-5840.

Saint Paul … meet your new Mental Health Unit:

The unit enables the SPPD to connect people in crisis with the care they need, helping to significantly reduce mental-health-crisis-related arrests and repeat calls for service.

With a concentration on community outreach, the unit seeks to be part of the conversation before tragedy occurs—and possibly prevent or disrupt the behaviors.

Officer Lori Goulet, 21 years seasoned with the SPPD: “There is a gap between police officers and people in mental health community services. In my role I hope to bridge that gap, and provide better communication and services for people with mental illnesses in regards to policing.” 

Officer Justin Tiffany, an eight-year guardian with the SPPD: “From my experience many people in crisis are looking for that first thread to help pull them out of crisis. I see this position as an opportunity to assist them in that capacity as well as being a bridge between the police department and mental health services.”

Officer Marshall Titus, six years practiced with the SPPD: “Patrol officers experience a lot of people in crisis every year. Often, the quick fix is to bring people to the hospital. We want to do more than that. We want to get to people before they are in crisis and make sure community members are receiving all the support that they need. That’s what this unit is all about.”

Sergeant Jamie Sipes, a 23 year veteran of law enforcement has served for the last 18-years with the SPPD: “I am excited to be a part of this program. This is a great example of how our department responds to the changing needs and expectations of our community to ensure quality customer service to everyone.”

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Our community has a number of services which may be useful to those in need of mental health resources.

  • Ramsey County Crisis:  651-266-7900
  • Children’s Mental Health: 651-266-7878
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255

Ramsey County Adult Mental Health Urgent Care Center, 402 E. University.


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT):

If you are in need of an on-duty officer specializing in mental health, call 651-291-1111 to request a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officer respond to your call for service.

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Did you know?:

1 in 5 people will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.  Do not suffer in silence, help is available.  Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website (



The St. Paul Police Department is a proud participant of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) One Mind pledge.  The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness. The initiative focuses on united local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations so that the three become "of one mind."

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