Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officers are called upon to respond to crisis calls involving those with mental illness. The training and experience CIT Officers bring to crisis calls are instrumental in preventing harm to those in crisis, family, and friends, and responding public safety officials.
CIT members are selected from a list of volunteers from the Patrol Division and receive specialized training in areas of mental health. Candidates are chosen based on their police skills, compassion, patience, and ability to think creatively.
CIT training covers:
Mental illness and substance abuse
The mental health system
Safe de-escalation techniques
Suicide by Cop
Suicide assessment and prevention
Children's mental health and trauma
Mental health and the law
Real life family and consumer perspectives on living with mental illness