The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is made up of law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and community advocates. The MPD’s CIT has several department members, which include police officers, detectives, supervisors, dispatchers and tele-communicators who have received CIT training.
CIT officers have received 40 hours of specialized training on topics identifying mental illness, suicide prevention, substance abuse, crisis de-escalation, active listening, psychiatric medications, emergency detentions, voluntary options and resources for consumers and their families. The MPD partners, along with local mental health professionals and agencies provide training and ongoing resources for crisis responders. CIT members are frequently called upon to assist in calls involving persons in crisis and priority is given to any assignments regarding persons with mental illness.