Crisis Intervention Training for APD officers begins Monday

Created: 04/27/2014 11:34 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The process to provide all APD officers with Crisis Intervention Training begins Monday.

As it stands, only about a quarter of officers are trained, most of them singled out over the course of their careers for being especially good at what it takes to handle the pressure of CIT work.

With a goal of getting 100 percent of APD officers Crisis Intervention Training certified in 18 months, getting everyone on the same level could be a problem.

Doctor Troy Rodgers is part of what APD Deputy Chief John Huntsman says is a plan to be the leader in the nation when it comes to Crisis Intervention Training.

Both men agree it will take a focused approach.

Officers will have some classroom time, but the cornerstone of the program os scenario-based. Actors will play the roles of people in crisis, from someone who’s contemplating suicide to a potential jumper. Officers will learn how respond to each situation and then they’ll be tested.

Each officer, Rodgers says, will go through about eight of these scenarios and observer more than 60 over the 40 hour program in classes of about 35. Rodgers knows that not everyone will catch on at the same speed.

“We anticipate having to do a little bit of remediation with certain folks -- a little bit of extra time, bring in other facilitators to enhance their training.” Rodgers said. “That's why it's going to take 18 months to get field services done.”

That’s the goal: To have 100 percent of field officers trained in Crisis Intervention Training in about a year and a half.

The first class of 35 will start their 40 hours Monday, and the rest of the schedule looks like this:
Now to December 2014 - 10 CIT courses of 35 officers each are scheduled
2015: 8-10 CIT courses are planned

Remaining officers will be trained in 4-5 CIT courses a year afterward until the goal is reached.

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