This study describes police officers’ perspectives of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. Ethnographic interviews were used to gather data, and Transformational Learning Theory guided this study. Implications of CIT training indicate that CIT officers are a part of a subculture within police culture, and respond differently to mental health calls differently than their non-CIT counterparts. Outcomes of these different response styles include decreased criminalization, decreased injury to officers/consumers, decreased use of force, and increased confidence in responding to mental health calls for officers who are CIT trained. Implications of this study are discussed in relation to sustainability of partnerships between law enforcement officers and mental health professionals.
|Commitee:||Fisher, Teresa, Lauka, Justin|
|School:||Northern Illinois University|
|Department:||Counseling, Adult and Higher Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Criminology, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||CIT, CIT ethnographic study, Crisis Intervention Team, Crisis intervention, Decriminalization, Law enforcement officers, Police crisis training|
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