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