Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)Police
Division of Police
4095 Center Road
Brunswick Ohio 44212
Chief of Police
Crisis Intervention Team programs across the country help direct persons with mental illness into treatment instead of inappropriate incarceration. The training provides practical techniques for de-escalating crises. Officers learn to integrate their police training with some different approaches to a person they believe to have a mental disorder. Role playing is utilized to make the experience as close to reality as possible.
In 2000, the Akron Police Department became the first in Ohio to start a CIT program. The Coordinating Center of Excellence helps to bring CIT to communities across the state.
Currently, Ohio has the most CIT trained police officers in the country. In 2004, the Brunswick Division of Police began training personnel in CIT and currently has 36 CIT-trained staff members.