Deputy Commissioner Wright with the Graduating Class
The Philadelphia Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training program is a community partnership working with mental health consumers and family members. Officers are provided with the best quality training available. They are part of a specialized team which can respond to a crisis at any time. They work with the community to resolve each situation in a manner that shows concern for the citizen’s well being by offering an immediate humane and calm approach. Trained officers reduce the likelihood of physical confrontations and enhance patient care. The CIT program is a beginning for a necessary adjustment that law enforcement must make from a traditional police response to a more humane treatment of individuals with mental illness which is the goal of CIT.
Through dedication and hard work, these officers completed this training and have become more valuable members of the team that serve Philadelphia and its citizens.