Crisis Intervention Essay

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Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention
Tishonda Williams
Kaplan University

CJ 440-01
Professor Morley
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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A crisis can be described as disruption or breakdown in a person’s normal or usual way of functioning in life, when individuals are confronted with problems that cannot be solved. (Caplan, G.1961) A crisis cannot be resolved by a person’s customary problem-solving resources/skills. Crisis can be handled different and are different for people in the way they can be handled; a crisis is mush different from a problem or emergency. A problem can create stress and be sometimes difficult to resolve, the
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Trained officers are capable of de-escalating a situation by their understanding and ability to relate to what the person is

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going through. For the law enforcement agencies, this training is an invaluable investment when officers are able to readily de-escalate a crisis and settle a situation on scene with appropriate skills and pertinent knowledge combined with compassion and understanding. The training can reduce the anxiety that officers face with a crisis situation, reduce the possibility of a physical confrontation between the officer and the victim, and reduces and possibility of any injuries that can inflated on the officer, the victim or any other personnel or pedestrians that may be in sight at the scene. The most important thing about the CIT training is that the law enforcement officers are properly trained and skilled crisis intervention strategies are provided a protocol to bring individuals in crisis to a therapeutic location rather than a jail or law enforcement facility. After the training, officers are reportedly energized, and they recognize that the training is practical, helpful, and it can be utilized effectively on the street.

The CIT provides information so the officers know what to do and who to call in crisis situation. A significant portion of the training focuses on learning how to actively listen and how to talk to people. The legal