Crisis Intervention Team

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was formed in June 2011 and is comprised of Police Officers, Detectives and Dispatchers with special training in the recognition of, and response to, a wide variety of Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues.  The Crisis Intervention Team and the Fairfield Police Department aspire to provide the best services possible to individuals and families living with mental illness and take every possible step to connect these individuals and families to the resources they need.

 


 

FPD CIT Brochures:  
Adults/General  |  Juveniles  |  Substance Abuse  |  Senior Citizens  |  Veterans

 

Juvenile Resources:  
Care Coordination  |  Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS)  |  SafeReturn Network

 

Senior Citizen Resources:  
SafeReturn Network  |  "Are you OK?" Program |  Fairfield Senior Center

 

Fairfield Services: 

Fairfield Social Services  |  Fairfield Senior Center  |  Veteran Affairs  |  Services for the Disabled  

 

211 Information Line:  Click here

 


 

What is “CIT”? 

 

“CIT” stands for “Crisis Intervention Team.” CIT is a team of Police Officers with special training in recog-nition of, and response to, a wide variety of Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues. In addition to hours of exposure to many forms of moderate to se-vere Mental Health/Behavioral Conditions, this train-ing involves further development of skills in interper-sonal communications, de-escalation techniques, conflict resolution, and awareness of available Mental Health and Substance Abuse resources. 

 

What is CIT’s importance to The Town of Fairfield? 

 

Research shows that those afflicted with some form of mental illness are many times more likely to encoun-ter law enforcement. It is important for officers to be able to recognize the difference between the symp-toms of a mental health crisis versus deliberate eva-sive or combative behavior. The officer’s degree of training will dictate his/her approach to, engagement of, and interaction with these individuals. The extra training CIT officers receive can help to facilitate the likely-hood of positive incident resolution for both the officer(s) and the individual(s) in crisis, as well as any bystanders. 

 

What are the goals of the CIT Program? 

 

In aspiring to provide the best service possible to indi-viduals and families living with mental illness, and taking every step to connect these individuals and families to the resources they need, we also work to accomplish the following goals: 

  • Less need for the use of Lethal Force 

  • Reduction in injuries to mental health consumers 

  • Reduction in officer injuries 

  • Reduction in Emergency Room recidivism 

  • Jail Diversion 

  • Reduction in civil litigation 

  • Improvements in community relations 

 

You can request to speak to a CIT Officer at any time!