HBO Documentary Films has acquired the North American TV and streaming rights to Jenifer McShane’s “Ernie & Joe.” The film features San Antonio police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, who are diverting people from jail and into mental health treatment.
“Ernie & Joe” made its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival.
Part of the San Antonio Police Department’s ten-person mental health unit, the titular Ernie and Joe are putting compassionate policing practices into action.
The film chronicles their daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how the department’s innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way that police respond to these challenges.
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