TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Crisis Intervention Training Assist State and Local Law Enforcement
Date of News Release: 09/14/2010
(Hickory, Ky.) -- For the past two years, scores of law enforcement officers throughout western Kentucky have taken part in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). This training has been made possible in part by Four Rivers Behavioral Health, which covers the nine westernmost counties in Kentucky. The purpose of this training is to teach local and state law enforcement how to better serve citizens who may suffer from mental illness. The training consists of ways to better communicate with someone who might be suffering from a mental health episode. In the past, these situations have proven dangerous to both the citizen and responding law enforcement officers.
Since the inception of CIT, police officers have noted that the response to certain situations involving the mentally ill have been carried out in a much more efficient manner, and with a high rate of success. Because of this success, state and local law enforcement in western Kentucky are asking that if a citizen suffering from mental illness needs police service, to request a CIT trained police officer. Such request, if available, will better serve both the citizen and the law enforcement response.