This course is forty hours and there is no cost for the training. It will be held in the Law Enforcement Academy classroom at 122 S. Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.
This course gives officers additional valuable resources when dealing with individuals with possible mental health related issues. Trained CIT Police Officers carry on the normal duties of law enforcement, but switch to a special role when a potential mental health-related crisis is identified. CIT focuses on de-escalation strategies, and redirecting the individual from the criminal justice system to the mental health care system. In turn, the mental health care system assumes “custody” of the individual and provides directed and non-restrictive accessibility to a full range of health care and social services options.
Continuing Education Units awarded for the successful completion of this course include:
Legal Studies: 2
Technical Studies: 22
Skill Development: 4
TOTAL CEUs: 40
This course also covers the new subcategories of "officer well-being, including mental health awareness" - 2 hours; "fair and impartial policing practices, including implicit bias recognition" - 2 hours; "handling persons with mental health and cognitive impairment issues" - 2 hours; and "tactical training to include de-escalation techniques, crisis management, critical thinking and social intelligence" - 2 hours.
"Students attending Continuing Education programs sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy must attend all of the regular blocks of instruction in order to receive a certificate of completion. In Continuing Education Programs, which consist of discreet blocks of instruction, the student may receive continuing education credits for those blocks which are actually completed."
- Carl Kinnison, Director
If you have questions or are interested in attending this or any other Academy training, please call the Academy at (573) 290-5110 for details.
122 S. Ellis Street