Why special training?
CIT officers quickly recognize behaviors associated with a mental illness in order to keep themselves and others safer and to respond more effectively to persons in psychiatric distress.
This specialized CIT training provides law enforcement with roll-play demonstrations of crisis de-escalation techniques and community resource information that will aide officers returning to duty more quickly. CIT is more than just training - it develops sensitivity, understanding and better communications with persons with a mental illness.
How does CIT training work?
- Attend 40 hours of specialized training regarding police tactics, crisis de-escalation techniques, the value of active listening skills and officer role-play exercises taken from actual police runs
- In addition to regular patrol duties, CIT officers are the lead officer at situations that may involve persons with mental illness in crisis
Mental Health Providers
- Provide training for CIT officers about mental illness and medications used to treat these illnesses
- Advise officers of community resources available to them when dealing with people in crisis
- Accept mental health consumers for assessment and treatment 24 hours a day/7 days a week
- Develop policies and procedures to allow officers to more quickly return to their tour of duty
Mental Health Advocates
- Participate in training CIT officers
- Participate on Community CIT Advisory Committee activities
- Participate in recognition of outstanding CIT officers