Local Officers Receive Mental Health Training

By Zoellick, Sarah | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), January 27, 2016 | Go to article overview

Local Officers Receive Mental Health Training


Zoellick, Sarah, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Hed: Local first-responders receive mental health training At a glance The Cheyenne Police Department has partnered with Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services and Peak Wellness to host a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training program this week for first-responders. The program helps law enforcement officers better understand how to handle calls involving people with mental health issues.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE - On a daily basis, Cheyenne Police Department officers deal with community members experiencing a mental illness or crisis. So this week, officers and first- responders from around the state are gathered here to receive 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training. "I think it's really important training for our officers because it teaches them the skills of de-escalating," Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak said Monday. "We always like to talk with someone and resolve it that way, (rather) than use force." CPD is hosting the 40-hour training this week, in partnership with Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services and Peak Wellness.

The primary goal of the program is to teach first-responders how to better respond to situations in which people are experiencing a mental health crisis.

"Of course, in our job, we're dealing with people with mental health issues - whether that's personality disorders, thought disorders, PTSD, suicidal thoughts," CPD spokesman Officer Dan Long said.

"We see mental health issues with all sorts of different crimes, whether its public intoxication, assaults - anything in between," he added.

Long said first-responders from around the state are attending the training, to include employees of the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center and dispatch center, the Laramie County Sheriff's Department, the state Department of Health's Prevention Management Office and Sheridan Police Department. …

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