Police Training Program Protects Law Enforcement And Persons Showing Signs Of Mental Illness

Monday, May 21, 2018

Since the 1970s, the MCES Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) Program has been training police officers to safely and effectively interact with persons showing signs of possible serious mental illness or other behavioral health problems.

The CIS Program also introduces all participants to the principles of jail diversion which greatly reduces the risk of inappropriate detention and incarceration. Hundreds of municipal police officers complete the 3-day training every year. Now they will gain Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credits for doing so.

In February, the Municipal Police Officer Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) approved the CIS Program for 24 continuing education hours. This will enable police officers in Montgomery County to apply CIS training to their mandatory annual in-service requirement. This significant value-added benefit to CIS has been positively met by trainees and their departments and agencies.