ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police set a goal that 80% of their officers be trained in Crisis Intervention in the coming year.
This week, APD is hosting a 40 hour training session for 20 members of local law enforcement agencies. Officers are learning to deal with people who have mental health or substance abuse problems.
Officials say police are encountering more cases after the closing of some state hospitals. "What a C.I.T. officer will do is learn the skills that they need in order to try to help the person get into treatment, not jail," said NAMI Region Coordinator Sue Marlowe.
"Enabling our officers with more tools on de-escalating when dealing or going out on calls dealing with behavioral issues with people out in the city," said Albany Police Training Coordinator Sgt. Schemika Foster.
Trainers with the National Alliance On Mental Illness say Albany has good assets with the ASPIRE Disability Services and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital mental health center.