Click Here for SFPD’s Press Release – https://sanfranciscopolice.org/article/san-francisco-mental-health-and-sfpd-crisis-intervention-team’s-outstanding-performance-0
The CIT Working Group is a partnership between community members, mental health advocates, health service providers and police officers working together to provide cutting-edge training for law enforcement officers. The goal of CIT is to train and deploy officers with the skills necessary to effectively address crisis situations in the field. The San Francisco Police Department currently has 897 CIT trained staff.
“These men and women represent our department’s commitment to providing safety with respect for all in our City,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. “In a crisis, our use of time, distance and de-escalation is geared toward enabling a peaceful, safe outcome for our community members and our officers.”
The training is designed to teach officers how to de-escalate incidents involving individuals in mental health crisis (when time, officer safety, and terrain permit). The CIT curriculum addresses the following topics: Mental Health Disorders, Medical Issues, Psychotropic Drugs and Side Effects, Juvenile Mental Health, Geriatric Mental Health, Family Perspective by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Suicide and Suicide Intervention, Dual Diagnosis, Vicarious Trauma and Conflict Resolution, Suicide by Cop, PTSD Signs and Symptoms, Veteran Trauma, and Implicit Bias. The CIT Program is supported through the San Francisco Police Commission, officers of the SFPD, the Department of Police Accountability, mental health advocates, health service providers and community members