NEW ORLEANS – TOMORROW (October 4, 2018), the NOPD will graduate the newest class of law enforcement officers trained in specialized de-escalation techniques known as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.
CIT is a nationally recognized ‘best practices’ approach in recognizing and managing behavior that may be attributable to a mental health disorder. This is the tenth and eleventh classes to graduate from the training since the NOPD launched the program in September 2015. Since then, more than 40 percent of all patrol officers have received CIT training — double the amount mandated by the Department of Justice.
Training includes 40 hours of on-site visitation and exposure to mental health facilities, lectures from mental health experts as well as intensive interaction with individuals with a mental illness and scenario-based de-escalation skills training. CIT officers are then assigned to each police district to respond to and de-escalate mental health and other crises.