The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model can help to address these problems. Similar to SWAT training, the CIT model recognizes that certain types of situations require a specialized response. CIT officers are trained to identify when someone may be experiencing a mental health crisis andContinue reading
Many police officers have taken the time to comment that CIT training has been one of the most helpful trainings they have received during their career. One police chief reported on his experience in a CIT course:
I am very impressed with the CIT course. I encourage my peers to send their personnel to this course and I’ll be so bold as to recommend that this be a required course for all who work in law enforcement.
“For certain individuals who have serious mental illnesses, we could practically use a stopwatch to record how many minutes it takes them to re-offend after they walk out of the jail,” reports one assistant jail administrator in Greater Minnesota. “They cycle in and out of the jail, and the underlying issues, like mental health, never get addressed.”