Lebanon Police Department Forms Crisis intervention

crisisThe Lebanon Police Department announced a new Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) on Wednesday. Ten members of the LPD completed a week long course in Crisis Intervention, on February 1. Lebanon now has a group of officers able to respond and engage with individuals who may be in crisis due to a mental health issue.
CIT training started in the late 1980′s in Memphis, Tennessee, to provide specialized training to police officers to interact with people with mental illness in a more intelligent, understandable and protective way. Although Crisis Intervention Teams have been around for twenty years, it is only within the last several years that Law Enforcement Agencies in NH have started to embrace it. Lebanon is now only the fourth agency in the state to have CIT.

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