Many of our officers have received specialized training in dealing with those individuals who suffer from mental illness. The Crisis Intervention Team Program (CIT) is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health professionals, mental health consumers and family member advocates. The Crisis Intervention Team's goal is to help persons with serious mental disorders access medical treatment rather than placing them in the criminal justice system for illness-related behaviors.
During this training, officers learn techniques for addressing the needs of persons in crisis and dealing with persons who are mentally ill. This training allows for officers to better serve the community and deescalate crisis situations in a manner that is safer for the officers and citizens.
This national program has been a tremendous success in regards to better serving the citizenry and aiding mentally ill persons in getting treatment.