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Posted on: October 31, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Critical Incident Task Force (CIT) Training

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October 31 to November 4, 2016, the Twin Falls Police Department, Twin Falls County Sheriff, and Region V Mental Health are sponsoring our annual Critical Incident Task Force (CIT) Academy.  The CIT Academy is a forty-hour training opportunity for law enforcement to learn to recognize signs of psychiatric distress, how to respond safely and quickly, and how to de-escalate a crisis.  Officers also learn to work in partnership with mental health professionals and other community resources to provide a system of services that is responsive to individuals with mental illness.  The 2016 CIT Academy welcomes back many local presenters as well as bringing in Ellis Amdur and George Nickel.  Amdur is a sought after, dynamic public speaker who will be presenting “In the Eye of the Hurricane: Calming Individuals in Chaotic States.”  Nickel is a veteran of the U.S. Army and works closely with law enforcement regarding PTSD issues after his own traumatic experience.


The first CIT Team was established in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee when Major Sam Cochran partnered with local mental health colleagues after an officer involved shooting of a mentally ill man.  Major Cochran stated, “Advocates have long asserted that law enforcement personnel often do not receive adequate mental health training, resulting in ineffective and sometimes fatal encounters or outcomes.”  Since that time CIT has been adopted by multiple departments across the United States and outside our own country. 


CIT of the Magic Valley held its first CIT Academy in 2010.  As we continue to grow, it is our hope that CIT will not only be a great asset for our officers, but a resource for our community as well. Graduation for this academy is set for Friday November 4, 2016, at 3:00 pm. For additional information on the CIT Academy and to schedule any interviews, please contact Sergeant Dusty Solomon at (208) 316-4255.

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