GMPD Officers Trained to Assist in Times of Mental Crisis & Intervention

GOLF MANOR (4/13/2022) – from GMPD Sergeant Ryland Reed

Each year Golf Manor Police Department (GMPD) personnel attend agency mandated and some state mandated trainings pertaining to Mental Health and De-escalation. The GMPD requires above and beyond the state mandate due to the fact that Mental Health/Psych Emergencies make up a fair amount of daily runs and interactions with the general public in the Village. Each Officer attends a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training, that provides adequate training in various topics, and certifies the Officer as a member of the county wide CIT Team. Along with that they will and most have already attended training in the following categories:

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based 8-hour training that helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related issue or crisis. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack — even with no clinical training — this training teaches you how to help someone to get helps you learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help

CIT Training

Crisis Intervention Team Training is 40-hours of comprehensive training to increase skills in responding to individuals experiencing mental illness. Training emphasizes behavioral health-related topics, access to community-based services, de-escalation tactics, and crisis resolution skills.

CIT Refresher

This course is designed for CIT trained officers who would like updated information about CIT related topics in Hamilton County. Training will include: review updated CIT information including the latest regarding Hamilton County Mobile Crisis response, how to effectively co-respond, and ways to decrease response on repeat runs.  Newer content being provided through the CIT 40 hour training will be reviewed, including de-escalation techniques/tactics.  A roundtable discussion will occur where trainees will discuss and problem solve ongoing needs for CIT and CIT related issues. Identify techniques to improve officer wellness, safety and self-care.  During the afternoon, trainees will actively participate in a simulation exercise in order to afford opportunity to practice de-escalation skills.

Responding to a Mental Health Crisis

This course focuses on the skills and tools needed to respond to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. This course will allow skills practice by using the technology of the MILO simulator. Officer wellness and self-care will also be addressed.

CIT for Youth

CIT for Youth (CIT-Y) is an expansion of the CIT model that specifically addresses the needs of children and youth. This new course will utilize a youth-focused curriculum and add valuable tools to CIT trained personnel including school resource officers, police and first responders.  CIT-Y programs work to divert children and youth from the juvenile justice system to mental health services and supports, with the goal of keeping them in school and at home with their families. CIT for Youth training includes topics unique to the needs of children and youth, including:

  • Adolescent brain development
  • Youth mental health symptoms and disorders including non-suicidal self-injury and suicide Mental and substance use disorders commonly experienced by adolescents Crisis de-escalation and interventions skills and communication techniques Working with families Legal issues Local service and resources linkages for youth (e.g. mental health and crisis)

Non-Escalation as De-Escalation: Improving Satisfaction, Safety & Outcomes

Course Description: This course will focus on addressing the entire spectrum of human conflict at the point of impact from before an interaction begins through to the consequences of how an interaction is managed. Appropriate for individuals who spend time interacting with the public including but not limited to healthcare, security, education, public safety, transit, social services, retail, hospitality, and customer service. Trainees can expect to be able to: provide better customer service; predict, prevent and mitigate conflict; avert verbal and physical attacks; de-escalate resistance, anger and abuse; and control crisis and aggression.

Training Content:

Engage in a way to not cause conflict or unnecessarily escalate situations (non-escalation) Confidently and professionally deal with questioning, anger, and verbal abuse Participate in difficult conversations and mediate positive outcomes Effectively de-escalate conflict and remain safe in crisis situations Persuade others to cooperate Know what to do and how to do it when resistance or aggression results in physical engagement End an interaction in a better place than where it started Look good on camera no matter where an interaction ends up If necessary, articulate a defense for taking appropriate action

Law Enforcement Tactical Communications/De-Escalation

Course Description: Great Oaks Public Safety Services has gathered together a highly qualified team of experts to deliver this two-day course on communication skills essential for all law enforcement to successfully navigate through crisis encounters on the street. The term de-escalation is used throughout law enforcement to describe what we already do well — talk to people. Its what we don’t know or don’t do well that can complicate our encounters with community members. This course will teach officers to look inside themselves to discover their own emotional response and communication systems while learning about response skills and techniques for better communication with others, especially those persons in crisis. The objectives are to increase relationships, trust and partnerships with our communities with better outcomes for all parties involved.

All newly hired GMPD Officers attend the following training below before starting Field Training:

Real World De-Escalation

Decades of police training have made officers experts at using force to overcome resistance. But less attention has been paid to training officers in mastering de-escalation. It’s clear that overcoming resistance is not enough. This training will give you practical and workable tactics to help diffuse escalated encounters. Upon completion, officers will have core skills to not only not needlessly escalate tense situations but de-escalate them too.

Duty to Intervene

If we are to police others, we must also police ourselves. The law requires real-time intervention whenever a fellow officer, from any agency, goes down the wrong path and violates the law. Failing to intervene may result in termination, criminal charges, and civil rights lawsuits.  Every law enforcement professional must attend this course – their jobs and freedom depend on it.

The goal of Duty to Intervene is officer wellness, safety and tactics, preventing misconduct, and implementing best practices.

Students who complete the course will:

  • Prevent unnecessary force
  • Increase community trust
  • Fewer disciplinary issues
  • Empower officers to intervene the right way

Students will complete the following modules:

  • Train officers that they are professionals. As a result, the community has a higher expectation of performance.
  • Train officers in the law, especially 1983 civil rights violation.
  • Help officer identify violations of the law to help identify when it’s time to intervene.
  • Next, we train officers the importance of intervention and how it benefits fellow officers as well.
  • We train officers on how to effectively intervene with fellow officers and supervisors.

Finally, we reinforce an operational culture that encourages intervention because it best serves the public and protects the wellness of our officers and those we serve. Our intervention training is based on consent by fellow officers to intervene, not on scare tactics.

These topics, in addition to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission’s State mandated training in both fields, is held at no cost to the agency through a county-wide partnership with Mental Health America of Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

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