The CIT program at Mesa Police Department is coordinated by:
The Mesa Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) includes specially trained Mesa Police officers and civilian employees committed to assisting persons with mental illnesses and other brain disorders. These officers and civilian employees are spread throughout the department in various roles including patrol, investigations, crime prevention and many more.
The program combines the training of department employees with collaboration in the mental health community. This collaboration includes local members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), local mental health service providers, family members and law enforcement officers. The Mesa Police Department’s CIT program provides an avenue for the development of community partnerships and the collaboration for community service. The CIT program is designed to:
The Mesa Police Department's CIT Program was implemented in 2004 as a means to provide a more professional and humane response to individuals in serious mental health crisis. The program is based on the Memphis Model, which is the standard for similar programs nationwide. The Mesa Police Department is also a member of the East Valley CIT Program Collaboration.
CIT trains law enforcement officers to effectively and humanely interact with persons with mental illness. The CIT course is a 40-hour, five-day curriculum that is approved by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council. It is comprised of both classroom instruction and practical exercises delivered by mental health professionals, other subject matter experts and CIT law enforcement instructors.
When a public safety situation occurs involving a person in psychiatric crisis, law enforcement officers will be the first responders. The officers are responsible for handling the incident in the most professional manner possible. CIT training provides officers with the tools to professionally and humanely interact with persons with mental illness. Often situations involving psychiatric crises are higher risk and may escalate quickly into a situation where use of force may be a necessity. CIT training provides officers with skills that can minimize risk to responding officers and the person in crisis and may prevent the need to use force all together.
Did you know the Mesa Police Department offers various free MedicAlert services to individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias, as well as for children and adults with autism spectrum and developmental disorders?
Missing person cases and wandering incidents are a major concern for law enforcement, especially as it relates to the Alzheimer’s and autism communities. MedicAlert has specific programs in place to address wandering emergencies: MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and MedicAlert Found® is for children and adults with autism spectrum and developmental disorders. Both MedicAlert programs work with the families of missing loved ones and local law enforcement to create a community network system that aims at quickly finding the missing individual, ensuring they receive medical care if needed, and reuniting them with family. The Mesa Police Department is proud to partner with MedicAlert to provide these services. In addition to providing the individual with this service, MedicAlert will provide a caregiver with their own jewelry and registration.
If you or someone you know are caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia, download the Adult Information Kit and get more information here.
Brochures and Forms:
Crisis Response Network 24/7 Mental Health Assistance
Offers free 24 hour hot-line available to anyone in suicidal crisis
Mental Health America of Arizona
Veteran's Crisis Line
Arizona 2-1-1 (Community Information & Referral)