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From The Buffalo Law Journal, Jan 17, 2020.

It’s typical in police work to have a partner.

But most officers likely never had one like Sarah Bonk.

With a background in psychology, social work and crisis intervention, she brings a unique mindset to the Town of Cheektowaga Police Department as its first mental health and substance abuse specialist.

“I’ve been doing this type of work for six years now and am going into my seventh year, so it’s definitely right where I found myself wanting to be,” she said.

For Bonk, who is employed with the department through Endeavor Health Services, the position is the culmination of nearly a decade of study of the human mind, mental health and police work.

She started there in 2019 after completing a master’s degree in social work.

In many respects, it is her dream job…

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