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.
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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
Reduction in civil litigation
Improvements in community relations
You can request to speak to a CIT Officer at any time!