Deputy sheriffs working in all facets of the Sheriff’s organization encounter those who suffer from mental illness. Often we are called during times of crisis or when a loved one is in distress. Knowing this, it is our responsibility to provide our staff with effective training to increase effective two-way communication during these difficult situations.
In 2001, the Sheriff’s Office began training its deputies in “Crisis Intervention Team” (CIT) principles. This community led effort has had an effective impact on how law enforcement interacts with people in crisis. To date, nearly 80% of the Sheriff’s Office’s patrol deputies are CIT trained. I consider this training to be essential and indispensable. As Sheriff, I will strongly support the expansion of CIT training as well as the continuous search for improvements in the methods by which our staff can bring peaceful resolutions to conflict.
More information on the CIT program can be found by clicking on the CIT button below: