A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is commending the way law enforcement agencies in the County have embraced Crisis Intervention Team training for officers, which they say has helped defuse many potentially deadly situations.
The training helps officers deal with mentally ill, or temporarily unbalanced people they encounter in emergency calls.
The 28 page report notes that more than 20% of the officers countywide have had the training, exceeding national recommendations.
It increases the odds one of the specially trained officers will be available in a crisis.
The report notes that a national study shows that when CIT officers are involved, they can negotiate the peaceful surrender of people in 95% of the calls, with the use of force only needed about 2% of the time.
The report is recommending that all agencies in the county follow the lead of Simi Valley in displaying the CIT status of officers during 911 dispatch calls, so everyone knows if one of the trained officers is involved.