On Target

Percent of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained patrol officers in the Durham Police Department (DPD)

Target

The target is to provide CIT training and certification to 80% of the 266 Uniform Patrol officers within three years.

Analysis

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.

CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.

There are currently 266 Uniform Patrol officers, of which 110 are CIT certified. The number of CIT trained offers sometimes decreases due to transfers. To combat this, CIT training will be held during each academy class. There are two academy classes per year. The goal is to have at least 30 officers per class. After graduation these officers will be assigned to Uniform Patrol thereby increasing the number of certified officers.  Academy class 49 will be the second academy class to receive the training. They are scheduled to receive the training September 30 through October 4, 2019. There are 22 recruits taking this class.

Next Steps

DPD plans to conduct CIT training for each academy class. There are two academy classes per year with a goal of 30 officers per academy.

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