Training to help law enforcement identify mentally ill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Four Montgomery residents will be given training sessions to help law enforcement identify signs of mental illness.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that two Baptist Health employees, a Montgomery police officer and an officer from Montgomery County’s Sheriff’s Office will take part in the Crisis Intervention Training program in Minneapolis next week. The hope is to help officers recognize signs of mental illness and provide techniques to deescalate possible dangerous situations.

The candidates are Montgomery Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Cedric Leonard; Montgomery police Sgt. Gerald Killough; along with Baptist Health employees Donald Henry and Mike Darden.

Participants will receive a certificate as CIT instructors. After certification, they will train Montgomery and the River Region’s law enforcement officers and other related person in crisis intervention.

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