Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. The CIT program enhances communication and identifies mental health resources for assisting people in crisis.
The CIT program provides officers with 40 hours of intensive training to include learning from mental health professionals and experienced officers in our community; personal interaction with people who have experienced and recovered from mental health crisis and with family members who have cared for loved ones with mental illness; verbal de-escalation skills; and scenario-based training on responding to crises.
CIT gives our officers more tools to do their job safely and effectively. The Fargo Police Department strives to train all patrol officers in CIT.