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Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey throw support behind alternative policing to mental health incidents

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Prince Harry and his closest confidant Oprah Winfrey are throwing their support behind a tax-payer-funded alternative policing effort in Oregon that has been in operation for over three decades. It responds to mental health situations with an element of “care” instead of armed police presumably leaving law enforcement to more pertinent duties.

The recently-minted creative pair made their praise known for Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS) in their new AppleTV series “The Me You Can’t See” during a segment centered on the organization in Eugene, Oregon that responds to non-criminal and non-lethal calls related to mental health and substance abuse incidents.

Harry raved of the “strong” work on the part of CAHOOTS, which in 2019 responded to some 24,000 calls to the rate only 150 of those required back-up from police.

According to the organization’s website, the program is budgeted at approximately $2.1 million annually, with Eugene and Springfield police stations totaling $90 million annually.

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Oprah Winfrey famously interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in March.(Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey famously interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in March.(Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

Harry and Oprah’s public support come amid nationwide calls to “defund the police” as many argue the nation’s police forces aren’t properly trained to handle the types of situations CAHOOTS has been tasked with de-escalating since its inception.

In 2017, the CAHOOTS team said it responded to 17% of Eugene police’s overall call volume. 

The White Bird Clinic, which runs the program, maintains that CAHOOTS saves the city nearly $9 million in public security spending each year – funds that can be allocated to other areas of need for the city.

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The city of Eugene’s website states that over the period of the “last several years” the city of Eugene has increased funding to the program “to add more hours of service” for its responders.

Winfrey pressed that “a lot of cities” could draw inspiration from the CAHOOTS approach to modern policing.

“For some cities in the United States it seems that mental health in the homeless population is already at a humanitarian crisis and we’ve seen a growing demand to move armed police away from handling mental health crises,” she said. 

“Wow, I love that, I think CAHOOTS is great… it’s so powerful,” Harry gushed when he learned of the program’s work.

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In a video explaining the functions of CAHOOTS responders versus that of armed law enforcement, a member of the organization said police should have “no part in responding to someone that’s having a bad day,” adding, “Police don’t want to be mental health workers.”

“Our teams are unarmed, we’re not showing up in police uniforms,” the member explained. “We don’t carry pepper spray, we don’t carry a taser. We don’t have those means of escalation with us and so we’re forced to really rely on our people skills.”

Prince Harry and his closest confidant Oprah Winfrey are throwing their support behind a tax-payer-funded alternative policing effort in Oregon.

Prince Harry and his closest confidant Oprah Winfrey are throwing their support behind a tax-payer-funded alternative policing effort in Oregon.
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Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner had previously described the police force’s relationship with CAHOOTS as “symbiotic” and maintained that when CAHOOTS arrives at the scene of a call, “they have better success than police officers do” since police officers donning “a uniform, a gun, a badge,” can often feel “very demonstrative for someone in crisis.”

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Each responding team is comprised of a mental health worker and an EMT, with 911 dispatchers assessing whether callers not reporting a crime or violence could benefit from CAHOOTS’ assistance. 

Winfrey asked guest Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the Surgeon General of California, her thoughts on CAHOOTS and the service it provides citizens and taxpayers.

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“I think it is an incredibly important model, the idea of people who are in crisis being responded to with care as opposed to with law enforcement,” she said. “I think it’s a better use of our public dollars, our public resources, and there’s actually policy momentum to move this forward throughout the country.”

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I’m A Celebrity 2021: Frankie Bridge gave Wayne cast of her bum as gift

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Frankie Bridge has made quite the confession on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, revealing she gave her husband a cast of her bum as a gift.

Each to their own, Frankie!

The Saturdays star chatted about her marriage to footballer Wayne, telling her campmates: ‘I got Wayne a cast of my a**e.

‘He used to say it as a joke. Back when he was playing football, what do you buy someone who has everything? He always used to be like, “I just want a cast of your arse…” so one year I was like, “Fine that’s what you’re getting.”

‘So I took my two best mates and you literally have to bend over and this guy literally has to slap all of this stuff on. I was literally having to bend over like this [mimics bending over a table] while he did it… it’s like papier-mâché… slapping it all on.’

She added: ‘We have it up on the wall and it’s not like in the main part of the house, it’s upstairs. I forget sometimes and I remember I was doing a Zoom or something and everyone online was like, “Is that your bum in the background?” And I was like “Urmm…”‘

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Frankie opened up to her campmates (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Oh Frankie!

Simon Gregson added in the Telegraph: ‘I think my wife would like a cast of my bum as a present… How I’ve never won rear of the year. It still flabbergasts me to this day.’

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They’ve been married for seven years and share their children Parker and Carter.

I’m A Celebrity continues Thursday at 9pm on ITV.

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Now, Covid victims’ kin can apply for ₹50K ex gratia in Ludhiana

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Covid victims’ kin can download the application form to claim the ex gratia from the official website of the Ludhiana administration (https://ludhiana.nic.in), and then submitted at the sub-divisional magistrate’s office with supporting documents

Ludhiana The families of those who succumbed to the novel coronavirus will be provided 50,000 ex gratia, and can apply for the same at the office of the sub-divisional magistrate concerned, officials said on Wednesday.

Additional deputy commissioner (urban development) Sandeep Kumar said the application form can be downloaded from the official website of the Ludhiana administration (https://ludhiana.nic.in), and then submitted at the sub-divisional magistrate’s office with supporting documents, including a death certificate certifying the cause of death, identity proof of the claimant, proof of relationship between the deceased and claimant, a lab report certifying that the deceased had tested positive for Covid, death summary by the hospital (in case the death occurred in hospital), death certificate in the original and legal-heir certificate.

Kumar said that the deaths that had taken place due to poisoning, suicide, homicide, and accidents will not be considered Covid deaths, even if the disease is an accompanying condition.

“Once all these documents are submitted, the kin will receive ex-gratia compensation in their bank accounts,” he said.

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Death in Paradise series 11 casts EastEnders legend

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EastEnders legend Tamzin Outhwaite will be joining the cast of Death in Paradise series 11.

The soap icon and former New Tricks star will be leading an all-star guest line-up for the new episodes, alongside fellow former EastEnders star Nicholas Bailey, Jason Done (Merlin), Ben Onwukwe (Safe) and Ben Starr (Jamestown).

Outhwaite, who bowed out from playing Mel Owen in EastEnders in a blaze of glory two years ago, will hopefully have a less brutal end for her character when she appears in one Death in Paradise episode early next year.

These guest actors will be part of what sounds like a thrilling new series as DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little), DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert) and new arrival Sgt Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) investigate a golf course serial killer and a sky-diver killed in midair!

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Tamzin Outhwaite as Mel Owen in EastEnders

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Florence will also face her biggest professional decision yet when the police commissioner assigns her to go undercover on a drug trafficking case.

The character originally left Saint Marie a few years ago after her fiancée Patrick was murdered because of his ties to a drug cartel.

The last series left off on quite a cliffhanger too, so that will need to be addressed post-haste too when Death in Paradise returns.

Luckily, fans will not have to wait until 2022 for more Death in Paradise because the BBC has commissioned the show’s first-ever Christmas show to air later in December.

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Former cast member Danny John-Jules will be reprising his role as Officer Dwayne Myers to help former colleague Florence and newcomer Neville on their newest case.

It will be revealed that Dwayne also has a past with Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles)… and they will not exactly have a friendly reunion!

Death in Paradise airs on BBC One and will return for a Christmas special on Boxing Day.

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