LITITZ BOROUGH – Each LBPD officer has now completed the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.
CIT is an innovative model of police-based crisis intervention with partnerships with community, healthcare and advocacy. The CIT model was first developed in Memphis and spread across the country. He is known as the “Memphis Model”. CIT is a pre-booking and diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people with mental illness and provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training to help people with mental illness. mental illness while improving the safety of agents, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community.
The CIT provided a unique opportunity to participate in training and interdisciplinary partnerships. The LBPD believes that this agency’s capacity will improve community outcomes for consumers in need of mental health services in the Lititz borough. Completion of CIT provides LBPD officers with a better ability to recognize symptoms of a mental health crisis, build self-confidence to cope with such an emergency, and reduce inaccurate beliefs about mental illness. It also provided LBPD officers with the opportunity to interact personally with people with a mental health diagnosis.
The 2015 President’s Working Group on 21st Century Policing, 5.6 Recommendation, states that “POSTs should integrate Crisis Intervention (CIT) training into both basic recruit training and on-the-job training for officers. Although there is currently no legal mandate that requires a police officer to follow the CIT, let alone the entire agency, the LBPD has chosen to adopt this top-down training framework. This ensures that every LBPD officer, from the police chief to the most recent patrol officer, has all received this training and is best prepared to deal with a mental health crisis, if called upon to intervene. Current LBPD officers have participated in 640 hours of on-the-job training specifically related to the CIT program.
The LBPD maintains a written guideline for mental health responses, General Order 2.7.8, which is available for instant public access in the policy repository on LititzPD.org. Our written directive fully complies with PLEAC accreditation standards and includes provisions for initial mental health training for newly hired officers and continuing education for current officers.
In addition, the LBPD has an Officer attached to the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), who is a Certified Crisis Response Specialist assigned to the Lancaster County SERT. This agent is an internal resource for who is available for needs within the agency and the community.
For more information on crisis response in Lancaster County, click here.
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