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Crisis Intervention Training Program Tops 400 Law Enforcement Personnel

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) program that had 27 participants graduate this one week, 32 hour training course.  The CIT training program is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with the skills necessary to assist them in dealing with mentally ill subjects.  The graduates were instructed on the different types of mental illness and medications, how to communicate with the mentally ill, and the resources available to assist them.  Since 2001, the CIT program has trained over 400 law enforcement personnel from the local police agencies, the probation department, and the highway patrol.   The CIT training is a collaborative effort between the Marin County Health and Human Services and the Sheriff’s Office with the program certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  The following instructors were sharing their knowledge; Dr. Joel Fay, Deputy Josh Todt, Dr. David Joseph, Shannon Speaker and other mental health professionals.

The following agencies were represented at today’s graduation; Novato Police Department, San Rafael Police Department, Central Marin Police Authority, Marin County Probation, California Highway Patrol, Marin Humane Society, Sausalito Police Department, Marin Community College Police and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

CIT graduation (Dr. Tavano and Sheriff Doyle)