The Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is hosting a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certification program for police officers this December. This is the fourth time this year the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting this certification training program.
The week-long certification class will be for highway patrol deputies, dispatchers, correctional officers, detectives, court security officers, warrants deputies, and civil process deputies, as well as civilian personnel who interact with members of the community.
I’ve said many times, that proper training and response to a person in mental crisis is imperative for police officers and first-responders.” – Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
Classroom learning and scenario based exercises will include the following topics: mental health signs and symptoms, geriatric issues, returning combat veterans (traumatic brain injury and PTSD) response, child and adolescent disorders, co-occurring disorders, autism spectrum disorder, excited delirium, medical conditions and psychotropic medications, risk assessment and law enforcement response, as well as legal issues.
In October the LCSO was awarded the Federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant, totaling $250,000. The grant will be used to vastly expand the public sector’s training and response to mental health incidents in Lake County.
“CIT training is absolutely instrumental for police officers not just across Lake County, but across the United States,” said Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose. “The grant we received is going to have a substantial positive impact on the training of law enforcement, thus providing enhanced service to those we serve throughout Lake County. There is no doubt Lake County will see the positive results from this countywide initiative.”
Sheriff Mark Curran, added, “You’ll continue to see the Lake County Sheriff’s Office leading the charge on this important training in the months and years to come. I’ve said many times, that proper training and response to a person in mental crisis is imperative for police officers and first-responders.”