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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-246

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 11, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Crisis Intervention Training

    HCSO launches a revised Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) 40 hour program.
    • Tuesday
    • June 11, 2019
    • Time: 12:37 PM
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will launch a revised Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) 40 hour program. The CIT training curriculum consists of mental health crisis awareness training as well as verbal and physical intervention techniques.

    CIT training is to be utilized by law enforcement officers in their efforts to calm, contain, control and/or otherwise de-escalate an individual who is experiencing mental health crisis.

    "Mental health issues don't discriminate, it affects people in all walks of life and I believe it is law enforcement's biggest hurdle," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "In law enforcement, it is vital to constantly enhance our training to ensure best practices so we are better prepared to aid an individual in crisis."

     All deputies with HCSO will go through this mandatory training, beginning in June. It will be a five-day training session. Throughout the summer and into he fall HCSO will provide the course to other agencies.

    The revised program is a collaboration effort with community partners; State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Naph Care, Northside Behavioral Crisis Center, FMHI: Florida Mental Health Institute at USF, VA: Office for veteran and PTSD issues.

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