Alamogordo Police Press Release Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
Congratulations to all the recent CIT Graduates! Participating agencies included: Alamogordo Police Department, Otero County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico, Veteran's Treatment Court, Alamogordo Public Schools, Ruidoso Police Department, Tularosa Police Department, Holloman AFB - 49th Wing, and Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other advocates. It is a first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training to help persons with mental health disorders and/or addictions access appropriate referrals and medical treatment with the intent of improving the outcomes of these situations. CIT improves communication and promotes officer safety and the safety of the person in crisis.
The Alamogordo Police Department CIT Training Program has been training law enforcement and their community partners since 2019. The benefits of CIT include giving officers more tools to do their job safely and effectively, reducing stigma about mental health, and increasing the likelihood that individuals will receive mental health services. Truly a community collaboration, each CIT Training includes over 20 instructors and community partners who share their expertise, resources, or personal story.