More officers train on mental health crisis encounters

Local law enforcement officers took part in a training last week focused on helping community members experiencing a mental health crisis.

According to the Columbus police department, 20 officers, including 13 from the department took part in the 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training course focused on steps that officers can take to limit the use of force in encounters with those having mental health problems. The goal is to limit the number of people entering the criminal justice system who are experiencing a crisis.

Columbus police initiated their crisis intervention team last year and 24 of the department’s officers have completed the week long training course. The course features guest speakers and scenario training sessions that focused on de-escalation techniques.

In addition to Columbus police, deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Regional Health Police Department took part.

Centerstone Health Services, Columbus Regional Health, Starbucks West, Lucabee Coffee Company, Donut Central and Foundation for Law Enforcement Chaplaincy sponsored the education efforts and food for the course.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department