“On February 9th, 2018 we had four more of our personnel to successfully complete the 40 hour block of instruction for crisis intervention. This training was held at the LaGrange Police Departments Training Complex on Aerotron Parkway, LaGrange, Ga. This training block is very beneficial to our personnel and community in dealing with people that are in a crisis situation. It makes us better in our approach and the way that we deal with these incidents. We are very close to having all of our patrol deputies trained in this block of instruction. Once that is complete we will start submitting our jail officers to this training course as training space allows.” Sheriff Smith said.
According to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center website, the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training course, “prepares law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel with the skills to assist people with mental illness, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, developmental disorders or other brain disorders who are in crisis, thereby advancing public safety and reducing stigma. This course is an intensive 40-hour, five-day curriculum that is comprised of both classroom instruction and practical exercises delivered by mental health professionals, other subject matter experts and CIT law enforcement instructors. This course is approved by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council.”