In July, 2011 Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and the Oakland Police Department hosted the county’s first Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). The Berkeley Police Department was involved in the planning stages of the training and sent officers to the first class.
CIT is an innovative police-based crisis intervention program with community, health care and advocacy partnerships. It provides police based crisis intervention training to officers for assisting those individuals with a mental illness or who are in psychiatric crisis. CIT improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens.
As part of the mission of our CIT, The Berkeley Police Department has taken a leading role in working to redirect mental health consumers away from the criminal justice system, back into the community system of care.
Patrol Officers that receive CIT training can be identified by a “CIT” pin worn on their uniform. Berkeley residents, mental health institutions or businesses can request a CIT Officer respond to calls involving a mental health emergency. Our CIT Officers have training specifically geared toward resolving these incidents safely.
If you have questions about our program, contact the CIT Coordinator, Ofc. Jeff Shannon, (510) 981-5779.