Crisis Intervention Training Simulator

Apex Officer's CIT simulator is the best in the country.

What is CRisis Intervention training?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need.”

What does CIT Training include?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has stated that, CIT programs provide officers with 40 hours of intensive training, including:

  • Learning from mental health professionals and experienced officers in your community. One of the reasons CIT is successful is that it connects officers with a team of clinicians and fellow officers who can advise, problem-solve and support them when a challenging situation occurs.
  • Personal interaction with people who have experienced and recovered from mental health crisis and with family members who have cared for loved ones with mental illness. NAMI members present at the training, providing officers a first-hand opportunity to hear stories of recovery, ask questions and learn what helps (and harms) when a person is in a crisis.
  • Verbal de-escalation skills. CIT teaches a new set of skills for ensuring officer safety – the words, approach and body language that convince a person to get help, or defuse a potentially violent encounter.
  • Scenario-based training on responding to crises. With the help of volunteers or actors, officers practice their skills in common crisis situations, and get immediate feedback from instructors and classmates.

A national CIT training curriculum model was developed through a partnership between NAMI, the University of Memphis CIT Center, CIT International and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. We used this curriculum while designing our Crisis Intervention training simulator.

What are the benefits of Crisis Intervention training?

There are a lot of benefits of CIT training for law enforcement agencies. According to the NAMI website, “Not only can CIT programs bring community leaders together, they can also help keep people with mental illness out of jail and in treatment, on the road to recovery."

Crisis Intervention programs also:

Why is APEX Officer's Crisis Intervention Training Simulator better for law enforcement training?

With the APEX Officer crisis intervention training simulator, police officers learn behavioral characteristics of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders, and techniques for interacting with persons in crisis who have them. In addition, officers are taught methods to de-escalate and control situations that have the potential for violence.

Our technology provides officers with an opportunity to build muscle memory and practice their verbal intervention skills and a randomized environment and situation, every single time. Following the simulation, officers are able to replay the scenario and watch how they interacted with the situation. The debriefing is a critical analysis of the interactions between the officer and the individual and provides the officer with alternative ways to handle the situation.

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