Behavioral Intervention Unit

The Bedford Police Department takes a proactive approach to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Furthermore, the Behavioral Intervention Unit (BIU) is placing tremendous emphasis on proactively addressing the symptoms and causes that lead to domestic violence assaults. In addition, the BIU works closely with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Mental Health Coordinator to help find treatment and preventative measures to address the adverse effects experienced by those persons with untreated or undiagnosed mental illness.

The BIU is innovatively working with victims to address the underlying issues surrounding these types of repetitive cases. The BIU offers education, support, and community resources for those affected by domestic violence and/or those suffering from mental illness.

In our efforts to assist those who are victimized, we have partnered with Victim Advocacy groups, Tarrant County Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR), and various other community resources. to bring about a future without violence.

Domestic Violence National Statistics

  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime.

Mental Health National Statistics

  • 46.4% of Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. (National Household Survey of Drug Abuse, 2006)
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth aged 10 to 24. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 2010)
  • In 90% of suicides for both children and adults, mental illness is the attributing cause. (NIMH, 2012)

Juvenile Assistance National Statistics

  • In 1999 there were approximately 1.7 million juvenile runaway episodes nationally.
  • Most runaways are older teenagers, ages 15 to 17, with only about 1/4 being ages 14 and younger.

Through a collaborative effort between the Police Department, community resources, and the parents of runaway children, our goal is to help determine the source of the families’ difficulties and communication break downs. Once determined, we will work with the family to deter any future occurrences, while at the same time helping to improve their family unit.

Our Approach

With the assistance of the HEB Mental Health Coordinator, the Bedford Police Department is responding to the needs of its citizens who suffer from untreated or undiagnosed mental illness.

With our community outreach program, we are making every effort to assist our citizens with locating treatment options that best serve their needs. We help coordinate community resources, counseling services, and local mental health treatment centers to facilitate a speedy and healthy recovery.

Where We Come In

The Bedford Police Department provides officer interaction and services through the Behavioral Intervention Unit that are typically not available to domestic violence victims. Through support, guidance, understanding, and resource networking, the Behavioral Intervention Unit is prepared to make every effort to break the cycle of violence and restore peace and livelihood into the lives of domestic violence victims.