BPD launches C.O.V.E.R.

The Bloomington Police Department recently launched its C.O.V.E.R. (Crisis or Violent Extremist Reporting) Program, an anonymous help line designed to serve two purposes: crisis intervention and reporting violent extremist behavior.

BPD has taken several steps in past years to address the growing number of crisis calls officers respond to, including training officers in crisis intervention and partnering with Hennepin County to embed a licensed social worker within the department.

“C.O.V.E.R. is designed to keep mental health cases out of the criminal justice system and connect people with services so they can get the help they need,” BPD/Hennepin County Social Worker Tenzin Gongma-Dhakpo said.  

To use the tip line, call 952-563-4673. For more information, visit blm.mn/cover