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Mark Herz
Fairfield, Conn. February 9, 2010

Decades ago, many people with mental illness lived out their lives with thousands of others, in large state hospitals. Eventually these institutions closed, sending people out into their communities for treatment. And that’s when police officers in those communities started having more and more interactions with them.

In the first of a two-part series, WSHU’s Mark Herz reports on Crisis Intervention Team—or CIT—training which helps police officers understand mental illness. You can listen to part 1 here.

More information on CIT training from the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness
in Connecticut and in New York

In part 2 of our series on CIT training, we go on the beat with Lt. Ray Hassett of the New Haven Police Department.