NTPD Officers Completed CIT Training
Today, three more officers from our department completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, which was held at the Bucks County Police Training Center. This is a forty hour course that involves classroom and practical instruction that Officer Ferraro from our department participates in as a member of the Bucks County CIT Task Force who conducted the training. Fortunately for our community, this department has been committed to making sure all of the officers receive this valuable training. Congratulations and we thank Officers Ciambrello, Falcone and Resta for their hard work all week.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, behavioral healthcare, and advocacy partnerships. The CIT model was first developed in Memphis some twenty years ago and has spread throughout the country.
CIT is a jail diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with individuals whose behavior is influenced by mental illness, substance use, mental retardation and related conditions. Officers learn to recognize psychiatric distress and other conditions and how to de-escalate a crisis — avoiding officer injuries, consumer deaths and tragedy for the community. In addition, CIT officers learn how to link people with appropriate treatment, which has a positive impact on fostering recovery and reducing recidivism.
Research has proven that CIT training reduces arrests, the use of restraint, citizen and police officer injuries, hospitalization, and vastly improves the safety and satisfaction of all involved.