The Department is a member of the Colonial Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). CIT includes many stakeholders working collaboratively to improve the way law enforcement respond to people experiencing behavioral health issues.
All law enforcement officers in VA receive some training related to responding to individuals with mental health issues; however, JCCPD officers attend CIT training on a voluntary basis. Officers certified in CIT participate in an intensive 40-hour training program covering topics such as signs and symptoms of mental illness, suicide assessment and prevention, alcohol and drug assessments and issues and more. JCCPD has 65 trained officers including 7 CIT trainers. JCCPD also routinely hosts the CIT training program so that additional program members (including officers) in the area may attend.