Local officers learning more about mental illness through voluntary training

Local officers going through voluntary Crisis Intervention Training
Local officers going through voluntary Crisis Intervention Training
Posted at 6:15 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 16:57:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - May is mental health awareness month, and this week, some area law enforcement officers are going through a program to learn more about those with mental illnesses.

The "Crisis Intervention Team" or CIT training, is voluntary for area law enforcement officers, and is put on by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

It teaches the officers about how to detect and interact with someone who has a mental health issue.

Tallahassee Police say they've seen an increase in the number of mental health cases, and this training is very helpful for both the officers, and the public.

"I hope that taking away from this, I take away the way people think with mental illness, how their families think, and how we can best help them when they are in a crisis so that we are doing our job, but not only doing it, doing it well," said TPD Officer Kelsey Aldridge.

Friday is their last day of training.

They'll be learning about demential, alzheimers, autism, and more.

Then, they will be graduating from the CIT program Friday afternoon.