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Chief Gorden Eden Announces Additional Crisis Intervention Training for APD Officers

Goal is to provide advanced training for 100 percent of Field Services officers.

April 27, 2014

Today, APD announced that beginning tomorrow morning the Department will start the process of implementing additional Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for all Field Service police officers. The goal, as announced by Chief Eden weeks ago, is to provide CIT training to 100 percent of officers who take field calls for service throughout the city. The training gives officers realistic scenario-based experiences for encounters with individuals in crisis and provides them with additional techniques to respond to them effectively. Training will be conducted by Dr. Troy Rodgers and focuses on de-escalation techniques when responding to calls involving individuals with mental illness.

The course takes 40 hours over and above the CIT training received in the police academy. Currently 27 percent of APD's field personnel are CIT trained and certified. Additional classes are planned over the next 18 months in order to reach the 100 percent goal. Costs for training is approximately $20,000 to $25,000 per class.

"Even before we craft the final agreement, I want to get started with this additional training", said Chief Eden. "I want APD to be amongst the most highly trained agencies in the nation when it comes to mediating situations involving people in crisis so that we can have the best and safest outcomes for both the person in crisis as well as our officers. This is just the beginning of what needs to be a long list of reforms in training, policy, and accountability at APD," he added.

According to Dr. Rodgers, "These are techniques that are critical for police personnel in the field. Understanding the struggles of individuals with mental illness and how to respond to them effectively is key to resolving these scenarios peacefully for all involved."