June 13, 2019
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Working Group on Thursday, June 13, 2019 hosted the fifth annual CIT Awards Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center Auditorium in San Francisco.
The awards ceremony recognized 38 San Francisco Police Department officers who utilized CIT tactics and de-escalation techniques in eight separate incidents to safely and effectively resolve incidents involving individuals experiencing a crisis. Also lauded were the San Francisco Department of Public Health Comprehensive Crisis Unit; the San Francisco Fire Department Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS6); the Department of Emergency Management and CIT Working Group chairperson Terezie “Terry” Bohrer.
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 more than 1,042 members certified in the 40 hour CIT course.
“SFPD is committed to providing safety with respect for all. Our CIT program is helping us achieve that goal on a daily basis,” said Police Chief William Scott. “Through our collaboration with mental health service providers and community advocates and the use of time, distance and de-escalation techniques, we are enabling safer outcomes for the public 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 topics that include 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, post-traumatic stress disorder signs and symptoms, veteran trauma, and implicit bias.
For additional information about the CIT program, please visit https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/your-sfpd/explore-department/crisis-intervention-team-cit.