Twenty-four officers graduated from NOPD’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program this morning (Mar. 14).
CIT is a nationally recognized “best practices” approach in recognizing and managing behavior that may be attributable to a mental health disorder. CIT officers receive 40 hours of specialized training from mental health experts focused on techniques and best practices for minimizing the use of force against individuals in crisis due to mental illness or a behavioral disorder.
Watch Video: Inside Crisis Intervention Team Training
Training includes lectures from mental health experts as well as on-site visitation and exposure to mental health facilities, intensive interaction with individuals with a mental illness and scenario-based de-escalation skills training.
The following officers were recognized as having completed their CIT certification:
Esther Rose Cauthron
Tejon Brittini Lewis
In addition, the following Crisis Transportation Service (CTS) technicians completed their training course and were also included in the graduation ceremony:
The event was held at the NOPD Training Academy on Lakeshore Drive.