Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Defusing Crisis Situations
The mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, suicidal, and persons who otherwise suffer from any form of mental disability can pose a significant challenge to police officers. The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) provides police officers new strategies and tools for identifying and de-escalating crisis calls involving these individuals. The use of CIT during crisis situations:
  • Decreases arrest and injury rates for people in crisis
  • Enhances public involvement in law enforcement efforts
  • Increases officer and citizen safety
Certification Requirements
Officers are required to complete a rigorous 40-hour training course to receive CIT certification. The course work includes lectures presented by mental health and law enforcement professionals, group discussions with mental health consumers, and role-playing training activities with professional actors.