Available to stream: August 24, 2022 12:00 am - August 26, 2022 12:00 am ET

ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Virtual Screening
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The Emmy award-winning HBO documentary ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together these two officers’ experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit, which has become a model for mental health crisis response across the country.

Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro Bios

Ernest (Ernie) Stevens currently serves as the Deputy Division Director of Law Enforcement for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Prior, he was a police officer for 28 years, serving 26 years with the San Antonio Police Department where he was a founding member of the Mental Health Unit. Because of this groundbreaking work, he is one of the main subjects in the Emmy Award-winning HBO Documentary, Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. He was also featured in the NBC documentary, A Different Kind of Force, and on ABC Nightline. Ernie is the author of Mental Health and De-escalation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals, a #1 best-selling book on Amazon. A graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Ernie continues to support law enforcement agencies around the nation by providing technical assistance and best-practice approaches to mental health crisis response.

Joe Smarro is a US Marine Corps decorated combat veteran. He joined SAPD in 2005, becoming one of the original members of the Mental Health Unit. Smarro is featured in the TEDx talk “I See You.” He is the founder and CEO of SolutionPoint+, a training and consulting firm that cultivates mental wellness to maximize human capital and promote safety within organizations.

For more information, please visit: www.ernieandjoethefilm.com

HBO Makes Award-Winning Doc ‘Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops’ Available Free Online For Mental Health Awareness Month

NON FICTION FILM

 

HBO sets TV premiere for Jenifer McShane’s “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops”

REALSCREEN

 

HBO Acquires SXSW Mental Health Docu ‘Ernie & Joe’

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD

 

“Impressively intimate” … “Riveting”

“One of the Best movies of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival”

VARIETY

 

“Captivating” … “10 out of 10 stars”

FILM THREAT

 

“a shockingly emotional and human look at a new kind of police force”

“a beautiful documentary”

GLIDE MAGAZINE

 

“a quiet stunner”

UNSEEN FILMS

 

“Critics pick – 10 best films of SXSW 2019”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERFULL REVIEW

DIY COMMUNITY DISCUSSION GUIDE

This discussion guide provides suggested prompts for group discussion, a letter from the filmmaker, ways to take action in your community, event planning tips and suggestions for virtual events, as well as resources for further learning.

 

3 NAMI’s DISCUSS HOW TO USE ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

In this webinar, hear three NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) chapters discuss their use of the film in a variety of contexts, including CIT training, community engagement, and legislative advocacy. Special guests: best-selling author and mental health advocate Pete Earley, and film subjects Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro.

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BLOG HIGHLIGHTING THE FILM