Police Department graduates 16 from Crisis Intervention Team Training
From press releases
Friday, Jan. 15, 16 Rockford Police officers completed 40 hours of training in Crisis Intervention Team Training. The Rockford Police Department has graduated a total of 83 officers over the past several years. The continuous ability to offer this training is as result of the partnership between the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board, Janet Wattles and the Mildred Berry Center.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) consists of a team of sworn officers who receive intensive specialized training on dealing with individuals in the community who have mental illness. CIT members provide an immediate response to calls involving a mental health situation. Topics in this training include mental illness recognition, substance abuse and dual diagnosis, child and adolescent disorders, psychotropic medications, developmental disabilities, risk assessment and crisis intervention skills.
Some benefits Rockford Police officers and the community have seen from CIT include:
υ CIT members provide an immediate response to calls involving a mental health crisis situation.
υ Underserved consumers are identified by officers and provided with appropriate care.
υ Officers are better trained and educated in verbal de-escalation techniques.
υ Officers learn how to recognize mental illnesses, risk assessment and crisis intervention skills.
υ Panel members share personal experiences, assisting officers to learn to understand what their needs are in a crisis situation.
υ Officer/consumer safety increases
Chief Chet Epperson states that he
… will continue to seek out every opportunity for our officers to be highly trained in dealing with critical crisis situations. It is through this training that we are able to provide quality service to our citizens.
“Officers receiving this intense training are able to quickly identify and react immediately during situations involving a mental health crisis. An officer’s ability to recognize the situation through training opportunities we receive due to the partnership between Janet Wattles and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board,
the chief concluded.
From the Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2010 issue
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