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Emmy Nominations for Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Documentary film Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops has been nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards – Outstanding Social Issue Documentary and Editing.


In January 2020, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation convened a community screening at the Loft Cinema of Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops, an HBO documentary about police responses to mental health calls. Director Jenifer McShane follows police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro during their daily encounters with people in crisis as members of the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit.

A panel discussion followed the screening, featuring producer and director Jenifer McShane and Officer Joe Smarro. Local panelists included moderator Christina Rossetti of Rossetti Consulting Group; Dr. Richard Rhoads, Chief Psychiatrist of the Banner-UMC Crisis Response Center; Judy Kowalick of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona (NAMI SA); Sabrina Taylor, the Phoenix Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator and board member of Crisis Intervention Team International; and Jason Winsky, supervisor of the Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team.

Click the links below to view the panel discussion, recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger for 30 Minutes, KXCI Tucson.