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The Crisis Intervention Team Program (CIT) provides training and education to law enforcement officers. It is a partnership of professionals who are committed to assisting those with mental illnesses and other brain disorders. This partnership includes mental health service providers, law enforcement, local members of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), family members and those who have a mental illness.

The program trains law enforcement officers to effectively interact with those who have a mental illness more humanely. It is a 40-hour, five-day course that is comprised of classroom instruction and practical exercises. Officers gain insight in recognizing signs and symptoms of mental illness, visit local behavioral health clinics and are taught de-escalation techniques designed to reduce conflict and increase the chances of communication and cooperation with the goal being that those with mental illnesses receive treatment for their illness.

Additionally, CIT provides the information necessary to guide officers in re-directing individuals away from the criminal justice system and into emergency behavioral health facilities. For more information, visit the websites for: National Alliance on Mental Illness and citinternational.org.

CIT class CIT Graduating Class of 2017
St. Marys, Georgia
CIT Trainer: Lt. Shannon D. Brock

"There are over 700 trained Crisis Intervention Team Law Enforcement Officers in Savannah and the surrounding Chatham County municipalities. CIT officers are engaging daily with persons in crisis and are more successful at de-escalation and referral to resources in lieu of incarceration. Responses to persons in crisis in our community are on the rise. When a person in crisis calls 911, a CIT Officer will be dispatched to the scene. Citizens can request a CIT Officer respond if they feel this would best assist in resolving the call. Officers who are not CIT trained may also summon a CIT officer to the scene if their assistance is needed. CIT officers across the state can be identified by the Georgia CIT pin they wear on their uniform."
Lieutenant Hiram Rivera Jr.
Savannah Police Department
CIT Trainer/Hostage Negotiator
Watch Commander, Northwest Precinct
Lieutenant Hiram Rivera Jr.