Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Sergeant Merle K. Young
The Elizabethtown Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was established in 2007 to better assist officers while interacting with citizens in crisis and who suffer from mental illness. Each officer receives 40 hours of specialized training in CIT. The training consists of Active Listening Skills and de-escalation techniques as they pertain to mental illness. This training assists officers in better understanding and assisting citizens in crisis.
Crisis Intervention Teams or “CIT Programs” help people with mental illness cope and maintain recovery. This helps sustain effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities along with reducing the stigma of mental illness. CIT works to accomplish this goal by raising public and stakeholder awareness through education and outreach, complying with recommended standards for developing, implementing and sustaining crisis intervention team programs and by providing assistance to communities interested in developing CIT programs. The Elizabethtown Police Department’s CIT Program maintains contact with all local law enforcement, mental health professionals and advocates by establishing and remaining an active partner in the local community by having a police representative on the CIT Advisory Committee.
The goal of the Elizabethtown Police Department is to have every Officer trained in CIT to better serve our community.