Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officers are called upon to respond to crisis calls involving those with mental illness. The training and experience CIT Officers bring to crisis calls are instrumental in preventing harm to those in crisis, family, and friends, and responding public safety officials.

CIT members are selected from a list of volunteers from the Patrol Division and receive specialized training in areas of mental health. Candidates are chosen based on their police skills, compassion, patience, and ability to think creatively.

CIT training covers:

  • Mental illness and substance abuse
  • The mental health system
  • Safe de-escalation techniques
  • Suicide by Cop
  • Suicide assessment and prevention
  • Children's mental health and trauma
  • Mental health and the law
  • Excited delirium
  • Real life family and consumer perspectives on living with mental illness

In Connecticut, the non-profit Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) is instrumental in facilitating CIT training for CT Law Enforcement.

To seek the services of a Bloomfield Police Department CIT Officer, contact us at 860-242-5501, ext. 0, and ask to speak with the Patrol Division Commander.