Thirty-four police officers were honored at a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) graduation luncheon on Friday, March 7, at The Trails Banquet Facility in West Lafayette. The officers spent about a week in intensive training, learning how to respond effectively to mental health crises.
The annual CIT training program educates police on how to help people in a mental health crisis by de-escalating situations and then accessing appropriate medical treatment rather than arresting individuals for illness-related behavior.
The graduating officers this year are from the Brookston, Crawfordsville, Delphi, Frankfort, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue University Police Departments and the Clinton, Tippecanoe and White County Sheriff’s Departments.
CIT is a community partnership of law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, people living with mental illness, and family members of those who have a mental illness. Locally CIT is sponsored by NAMI West Central Indiana (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Wabash Valley Alliance. The CIT governing board includes representatives from the Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue University Police Departments and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department. Purdue Federal Credit Union helps to underwrite the graduation.