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Law Enforcement Officers Receive Crisis Intervention Training

The training helps officers handle community members with mental health issues.

Participants in Crisis Intervention Training in Belmont the week of June 2, 2014. (Photo Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
Participants in Crisis Intervention Training in Belmont the week of June 2, 2014. (Photo Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

Mental Health Professionals and Law Enforcement Personnel from multiple agencies joined forces recently for San Mateo County Crisis Intervention Training or ‘CIT’ in Belmont.

The class includes identification of the more common types of mental illness, skills for de-escalation of potentially violent situations, assessment of medication information, specifics on suicide intervention and a mental health system overview. 

This training greatly enhances the provision of services to mentally ill members of the community as well as citizens who are in crisis.

CIT trains law enforcement to become adept at dealing with mental health consumers, the developmentally disabled and individuals in crisis.

--Information provided by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office




jan June 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Bravo. This training is at least as important as firearms training and should be mandatory for all field officers. With regular refresher courses. To serve and protect requires skills beyond force. Thank you for posting.
Adriana Juarez June 14, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Wow I wonder why they are getting this training now. I think it's a little to late.
scout June 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM
The crises is our gulag collective DC rulers. And all we need are two police officers in Belmont just to watch the the text driver dorks.
MadMonkey June 17, 2014 at 01:45 PM
FINALLY! It has only taken several deaths. I am not sure why it has taken this long. I think we can thank everyone in the community that spoke out saying that there was a serious lack of training. If not the PD would have proceeded with the status quo.

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