Local police and first responders completed Crisis Intervention Training

Date: July 2, 2018

Ferguson Township Police Officer Skyler Ososkie, congratulated by Ferguson Township Chief of Police Chris Albright, graduates from the Centre County Crisis Intervention Training Program.

Local police and other first responders concluded the 16th session of a specialized 40-hour crisis intervention training program on Friday, June 29. Local police chiefs including Ferguson Township's Chief Chris Albright and all three County Commissioners attended the graduation ceremony for the class of 22. The Centre County Crisis Intervention Training Program (CIT) has now graduated more than 200 first responders.

The Crisis Intervention Team is a partnership of police, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency communications, mental health agencies, advocates, and correctional facilities that provides a law enforcement-based crisis invention and de-escalation response to situations involving persons in crisis.

The training program topics include: 

  • recognizing and understanding specific signs and symptoms of mental illness; 
  • understanding how these effect various segments of the population; 
  • understanding the effects and side effects of some medications, and 
  • basic and advanced de-escalation techniques.

Attending this crisis intervention training program were representatives from the Ferguson Township Police Department, Penn State University Police Department, State College Police Department, Patton Township Police Department, Bellefonte Police Department, Centre Life Link E.M.S., and the Centre County Correctional Facility. Ferguson Township Police Officer Skyler Ososkie participated. 

Centre County was awarded a grant in December of 2010 to help establish this nationally recognized program locally. CIT’s goal is to increase safety for all those involved and divert or lessen the impact of the criminal justice system for persons experiencing a behavioral, emotional, or medical crisis.

Since the program launched in Centre County, it has trained 199 first responders, law enforcement officers and other professionals.

Learn more: Crisis Intervention Team Training teaches officers how to get those in crisis the help they need