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Law Enforcement Earn Crisis Intervention Certification
DAYTON -- Paranoia, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are just some of the mental illnesses police encounter. Monday the annual 'Crisis Intervention Training' put on by the Montgomery Co. Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and the Dayton Police Department began.
Some people with psychosis hear voices everyday. For law enforcement effectively responding to someone having a mental health crisis requires skill. Skills taught at the annual crisis intervention training
"It's been training that I cant even put into words what it's doing for the community," Dayton PD Det. Patty Tackett said about her 11 year involvement with the certification.
Part of the training is interactive and includes putting on headphones and hearing disturbing voices.
"It can be very difficult to think, make decisions even difficult to hold a conversation," Dr. Ryan Peirson, ADAMHS, explains. "This is only 1/40th of the training but this is just to give the perspective that you don't have this takes a lot out of somebody."
That's why this CTI training is crucial to understanding minds and saving lives.
"People with mental illness are far more likely to be a victim of violence than to commit a crime" Dr. Peirson added Monday.
When a mental health crisis comes into dispatch a CTI certified officer can skillfully respond.
"An officer who came in and helped his daughter when he couldn't and he came in and deescalated and talked her into going into the hospital," Tackett recalls.
The week long training ends Friday, which will put 30 more certified professionals out on the street to resolve crisis and save lives.
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