APD Officers Utilize Crisis Intervention Training to Save a Life
April 1, 2016
Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Albuquerque Police Department Officers Chermaine Carter, Josh Trujillo, and Sergeant Dave Rogers for their patience and determination that helped them save the life of a suicidal man. The officers were able to utilize their Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to patiently communicate with the man until officers were able to move him to safety.
Last June, Officer Carter and Officer Trujillo were dispatched to the parking structure at 4th and Copper in response to a suicidal subject who was threatening to jump off the fifth story of the building. Once on scene, the officers found the subject lying inches from the edge. He visibly showed that he was in distress. Officer Carter immediately began utilizing her Crisis Intervention Training to build rapport with the man as she talked with him for nearly 45 minutes. In the meantime, Sergeant Rogers arrived on scene and began formulating a plan with Officer Trujillo to pull the man to safety. When the subject’s attention was drawn away from the officers, Sergeant Rogers was able to quickly grab and pull the man away from the ledge and into the safety of their care.
The calm and focused demeanor of the team allowed them to deescalate the situation and return the man to safety while he was in an unstable state of mind. The Crisis Intervention Training that all APD officers have, gives them the ability to end a situation peacefully. Due to the appropriate use of this training Officer Carter, Officer Trujillo, and Sergeant Rogers were able to help this man when he was most vulnerable.
The Crisis Intervention Training program was a part of the Department of Justice settlement agreement requiring APD to develop responses to situations involving people in crisis. To date, 97% of our APD field officers have undergone the 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training making Albuquerque a national leader in this field. APD Officers are not the only emergency response department within the City of Albuquerque receiving this training; the Albuquerque Fire Department has trained 95% of the City’s emergency operators and dispatchers.