Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
The Liberty Police Department began sending officers to CIT training in 2008. Currently the department has 12 officers who have undergone 40 hours of basic CIT training. Four of those officers also have completed advanced classes that focus on specific mental health areas, including youth, veterans, Alzheimer's and autism. The team is rounded out with seven 911 dispatchers who have received 24 hours of CIT training.
Once their initial training is completed, CIT officers wear a special pin on their uniforms so they are easily identifiable.