Area Law Enforcement Receive Crisis Intervention Team Training

The Mental Health Coalition of the Greater La Crosse Area, in collaboration with La Crosse County Human Services, the La Crosse Police Department and the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce a three-day Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement.

The training is designed to educate law enforcement personnel about mental illness so that in times of crisis, officers recognize the issues and utilize de-escalation techniques.  Using this training, law enforcement can minimize the potential harm to be done to the consumer (person in crisis), the officer, or the general public.

Core outcomes of the CIT initiative are as follows:

  • Lower incidence of injury to the officers and others
  • Fewer repeat calls for service for patrol officers with mental health consumers
  • Enhanced working relationship of patrol officers with county crisis workers
  • Increased involvement of family and friends of the consumer as a crisis response alternative
  • Increased knowledge of community resources available to the consumer and family members which may assist with recovery

Currently attending the training are 23 law enforcement personnel from the La Crosse Police Department and the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, including deputies and jailers.  Upon completion of the training, each attendee will be certified in Crisis Intervention Team training.

 

All media inquiries can be directed to La Crosse Police Sergeant Tom Walsh at walsht@cityoflacrosse.org.  Please include a name and phone number where you can be reached on Thursday, May 11th.

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