USPD Officers Graduate from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

On 11/2/2018, four USPD officers graduated from an intense week-long course as they received Crisis Intervention Team training.  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. 

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.  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.  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.  Additional information is available at  http://www.buckscounty.org/government/HumanServices/MHDP/CIT

Chief MacPherson attended the ceremony with the graduating officers (from left to right): Ofc. Kaminski, Ofc. Hand, Sgt. Jones and Ofc. Drakeley.