19 Graduates of Maui Police Department Crisis Response Team Training

11th CIT graduates from the Maui Police Department. CP: Maui Police Department

The Maui Police Department Crisis Response Team welcomed 19 new members to its trained roster at a graduation ceremony on Friday.

Class members completed 40 hours of training earlier in the week. Graduates include officers and dispatch personnel from the Maui Police Department, employees of the Maui County Department of Transportation, Roberts Hawaiʻi, Department of Education, Family Life Center, Ka Hale A Ke Ola , Salvation Army, Maui Aloha Foundation and security personnel. from the Honua Kai Resort and Spa.

This was the 11th class to complete the program since its launch in 2013. The program was the first of its kind in the state.

It now consists of 165 people ranging from personnel from the Maui Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Maui Fire Department, Maui Memorial Medical Center security personnel, Hawaii State Judiciary , Maui Attorney’s Office, Maui Community Correctional Center Officers, Maui Community Mental Health Center, National Park Service, Family Life Center, County of Maui Department of Transportation, Roberts Hawaiʻi, Department of Education, Ka Hale A Ke Ola, Salvation Army, Maui Aloha Foundation, Queen Kaʻahumanu Center Security Staff, Fairmont Kea Lani, Honua Kai Resort and Spa, Puamana Community Association, and Four Season Resorts Maui.

The team was the third class trained and the third class in the state to start since the COVID-19 pandemic under the direction of Waves of Insight law enforcement clinical psychologist Dr. Alicia Rodriguez.

Invited agencies included instructors and representatives from Aloha House, Aloha Psychological Services, Child and Adult Mental Health Division, Consumers & Family Panel, Family Life Center, Hale Pono Youth Center, Hale O Lanakila “Club House”; Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Honua Kai Resort and Spa, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, Maui Community Mental Health Center, Maui Police Department – CIT Members, Mental Health America, Mental Health Kōkua, Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room and Molokini Unit, NAMI, Attorney’s Office, Roberts Hawaiʻi, State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Maui District Office, The Queens Medical Center and VA Pacific Islands, Maui CBOC.

The practical training covers how to interact with people potentially suffering from a mental illness or going through an emotional crisis. It focuses on de-escalating a situation before it reaches a point of violence or self-harm while ensuring individuals receive the appropriate response and care they need.

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CIT training is part of the Maui Police Department’s Critical Outreach and Response through Education Unit which works with community agencies on issues that include homeless people and those with potential mental illness.

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