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Crisis Intervention Training

A premature rush to routinely dispatch psychologists and social workers to the scene of potentially lethal police-citizen encounters may be a matter of misapplied good intentions
In May 2023, London’s police commissioner announced plans to stop police response to mental health emergencies unless there’s a direct life threat
Duty-to-intervene training isn’t just good policy, it’s better for officer well-being
The Fairfax County Police Department found that the devices added substantially to its capacity to resolve crisis situations
Mental Health
Some counselors said they had received training only in talking to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and not how to deal with other mental health issues, such as anxiety attacks, substance intoxication and withdrawal and mood disorders
“Officers today see a lot of hard stuff on the road and on the jobs that they do, so [C.J.] serves to support them and help me whenever I’m providing mental health treatment,” an official said
The Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) department will send civilian responders to calls that do not warrant a police or fire response
VirTra’s compassionate communication training aligns with police objectives while mitigating trauma exposure
As part of the settlement, the city agreed all officers will receive 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training and there will be refresher training every year
Christian Glass was killed by a sheriff’s deputy while suffering a mental health crisis. Part of the family’s $19M settlement will change how officers are trained