The CIT is a select group of officers who have received specialized Training in dealing with the mentally ill.
The program was established to develop and implement safe, proactive and preventive methods of containing emotionally charged situations that could lead to violence. The CIT program allows for specially trained officers to respond to crisis events of mentally ill citizens; therefore, CIT officers are not limited to geographical boundaries regarding mental disturbance calls.
The CIT supports collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and also to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Not only do we have CIT officers in our patrol division but we have expanded our CIT program into the jail facility.
For additional information please see the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse website.