Crisis Intervention Team training graduation Friday

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) A group of law enforcement officers and first responders will graduate from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training on Friday, January 31, 2020.

CIT trained officers undergo 40 hours of intensive training, which helps them identify mental health resources to assist people in crisis. The training connects officers with mental health professionals to create a team that can provide support when a challenging situation occurs. In addition, officers learn verbal de-escalation skills and experience scenario-based training on responding to crises.

CIT training benefits officers and the community in numerous ways, including diverting nonviolent offenders from overcrowded jails, decreased arrests and fewer injuries to officers and community members.

When: Friday, January 31st at 3 p.m.
Where: City County Building, Small Conference Room, 400 Main St., Knoxville, TN
Speaker: Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen

The media is invited to attend. If you are interested in setting up interviews and/or attending the event, please contact Jessica Hill at 865-599-5836 or

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit or call 865-637-9711.

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