There have been over 1012 Wake County law enforcement officers and EMS personnel trained since the program's inception. There are 22 Wake County departments participating on varying levels. The Morrisville Police Department became a partner in 2006 and currently has 27 Crisis Intervention Team officers that can respond to a consumer in a mental health crisis. These officers received specialized training to assist the consumer and their families through the crisis. The CIT officers also received information about the different programs and agencies within the community to assist the consumer and their family members. We have elected to send all of our patrol officers to this valuable training, considering it to be one of the core courses required for all sworn personnel.
Since becoming a partner, the Morrisville Police Department’s CIT officers have responded to 246 crisis calls. Of the 246 calls, 88 resulted in a voluntary visit to Crisis Assessment Services or a local hospital,
68 were resolved on location, and 54 resulted in an involuntary commitment order. Prior to officers receiving this training, 22 of the calls could have resulted in the consumer being arrested and charged with a violation of law, rather than assisting them to get the help that they actually needed.