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EPSO and CSPD officers undergo yearly crisis intervention training

It’s all designed to equip officers with knowledge on how to respond, de-escalate and divert a situation involving a mental health crisis in the community.
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 6:45 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Everyday in Southern Colorado, thousands of people struggle with mental health issues. Our local law enforcement agencies are doing what they can to help those struggling.

On Thursday, almost 30 officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office started specialized training. The 40-hour training is designed to equip officers with knowledge on how to respond, deescalate and divert a situation involving a mental health crisis in the community.

This training happens three times a year in Colorado Springs. It was first introduced in the Springs in 2004, but police say with the climate surrounding law enforcement today- this is beyond critical this time.

Specialized actors and actresses were brought in to imitate certain situations law enforcement could see on calls. For example- one scenario featured a veteran portraying PTSD symptoms and having intense flashbacks to the battlefield. Once the skit is completed professionals provide feedback to officers on how they did and what they can do to improve.

CSPD says about 300 of their 700 officers have gone through this training, but their end goal is to have all undergo the training.

If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, you can call 1-844-493-8255 to speak to a trained professional 24/7.

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