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Crisis Intervention Team

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Mission: The Las Cruces Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was developed to deliver positive law enforcement crisis intervention services to people within the city who suffer from some type of mental illness. CIT does this by:

1. Providing a collaborative partnership of law enforcement, mental health service providers, consumers, families and advocates.

2. Coordinating and enhancing services to people with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems through a law enforcement based Crisis Intervention Team.

3. Providing leadership to facilitate CIT programs and plays an integral role in the design of training for the CIT officers.

4. Supporting success and continuing improvements of the CIT program.

The CIT Challenge: Approximately 3.5 million Americans have severe mental illnesses and less than half receive minimally adequate treatment. How many of these under-served people are in our community and how much 'patrol-time' do they require?

Policing has the unenviable reality of being, in many situations, the last intervention option available. When other "crisis intervention professionals" are unable to effectively deal with an escalating situation, they have the option of withdrawing and calling for assistance from law enforcement.

Police do not have the option of dialing 911 with situations intensify. The police are required to respond to circumstances where no other professional will attend. The officer is expected to have the ability to effectively communicate, counsel, mediate, advise, empathize, protect and console. The officer is expected to be intelligent, and have the physical capacity and willingness to forcibly intervene without malice. The police are expected to calmly and compassionately render assistance to the public while at the same time instilling fear into the criminal element of society.

This may seem to be an impossible endeavor. But to make the task even more daunting, the police officer is asked to perform these feats several times each day without complaint and, many times, without thanks.

Contact LCPD's Crisis Intervention Team:

217 E. Picacho Ave.

Las Cruces, NM 88001

Emergency Calls: Dial 911

Non-emergency Calls: (575) 526-0795

CIT Office Phone: (575) 525-4737

CIT Email.