Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
In 2010, Chief Wilfong recognized the need for officers to receive advanced training in dealing with persons suffering from mental illness. Law enforcement officers are often the first ones to respond to calls for service and in many cases, there is little known about who is involved or what has happened.
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health professionals, mental health consumers and family member advocates. CIT's goal is to help persons with serious mental disorders access medical treatment rather than placing them in the criminal justice system for illness-related behaviors.
Currently there are approximately fifty Greenville Police officers who have completed 40 hours of training in crisis intervention and learned the art of de-escalation. These officers are assigned to different divisions throughout the department and are available to respond to calls for service 24/7. These officers utilize specialized training to safely and effectively communicate with persons suffering from mental illness and ensure a safe outcome to a potentially volatile situation.
Lt. Stacey Owens supervises the department’s CIT program.