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

HBO Documentary Films has set a mid-November premiere date for Jenifer McShane’s feature-length documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops. The 96-minute film, which took a Special Jury Award at the 2019 SXSW ...
September 9, 2019

HBO Documentary Films has set a mid-November premiere date for Jenifer McShane’s feature-length documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.

The 96-minute film, which took a Special Jury Award at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, follows Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, two officers from the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit, as they divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment.

Through intimate access, the documentary chronicles Stevens and Smarro’s daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how the their innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way police respond to these challenges.

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops debuts on HBO on November 19 and is executive produced by Andrea Meditch (Buck).

The film will also be in select theaters beginning Nov. 15.

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