WPD Officers Take Part In CIT Training Class

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Police officers from Wichita, Haysville, Derby, Valley Center and Wichita State University along with deputies from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office graduated from the second class of Crisis Intervention Team training today.

"CIT training helps law enforcement officers understand and more effectively deal with incidents involving citizens with whom they may come into contact who suffer from a variety of behavioral disorders," said Lee. "The training provides law enforcement officers with another tool to deal with those among us who in the past have not been able to access services that are critical to their well being."

The current class, made up of 43 students - including a judge, prosecutor and probation officer who are the nucleus of the new mental health court - marks the second such session in the last year that trains law enforcement personnel in such areas as suicide causes and prevention, developmental disabilities, aging issues and post traumatic stress disorder, said Lee. Forty-four officers received CIT training in 2008.

The class completed its training today and attended a graduation ceremony this afternoon.

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