Utah police train to interact with citizens who experience mental health episodes

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Can you tell when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis? That’s what police officers and recruits from various agencies underwent training for on Monday.

The Salt Lake City Police Department hosted a Crisis Intervention Team Academy for Utah officers with the goal to enable them to learn about and identify signs of community members who are experiencing a mental health crisis. 

The training consisted of classroom instruction, site visits, and scenarios taught by CIT staff and mental health professionals from various agencies throughout the valley.

According to a press release, the Salt Lake City Police Department “is committed to providing the best possible resources for those who are in crisis.”

The department trains all new recruits in CIT and has over 300 officers serving who have had the training.

The training was held at the department’s Pioneer Precinct. 

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