Department Crisis Intervention Team Highlights
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2012
Office of Public Information, (260) 427-1343
City of Fort Wayne Police Department
CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM HIGHLIGHTS MILESTONES
A Decade of Service to the Community
The Fort Wayne Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program, modeled after the original program in Memphis, Tennessee was implemented on August 1, 2001 in order to provide an immediate response by trained law enforcement officers to deal with persons in the Fort Wayne community who are experiencing a mental health crisis. One goal established for the program was to divert persons with a mental illness from incarceration, and to treat the mental illness as the priority. Since the inception of the program, calls wherein a CIT officer was summoned have averaged at just below one thousand calls annually.
This year, the Crisis Intervention Team highlights several important milestones:
A decade of service to the community as an active unit;
Achieved the 10,000th contact with a consumer in December 2011;
No Consumer arrests for 2011; the first year that this has occurred since the program’s inception.
The number of trained personnel has grown considerably from the original 24 officers. Approximately 80 officers and supervisors are currently assigned within the Patrol Division, and approximately 30 additional personnel have been certified in the program but are currently assigned within the Investigative Support Division. Annual trainings are held by the department to certify additional patrol officers and supervisors in the program. The Fort Wayne Police Department has trained more than a dozen agencies from around the State of Indiana in the program as well.
This week, February 20 – 24, 2012, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department is holding its annual Crisis Intervention Team training at the Public Safety Academy.
Photo Opportunity: For an up-close and personal look at any of the training sessions (Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm), please contact Raquel Foster at 260 427-1343.