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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

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Crisis Intervention Team

Welcome to the Crisis Intervention Team page of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. The DuPage Sheriff’s Office is one of only two teams within the state of Illinois authorized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) to teach Crisis Intervention techniques.

Back in 2016 the Sheriff’s Office started our mission to become a leader in the CIT education process. After a lengthy process, and support from the DuPage Health Department as well as DuPage Northern Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI DuPage), the course curriculum was approved by the ILETSB in September of 2017. The curriculum consists of 40 hours of instruction, and includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Mental Illness Signs and Symptoms
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Working with Older Adults
  • Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Verbal De-Escalation and Tactical Response
  • Returning Veterans and PTSD
  • Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention Skills 
  • Law Enforcement Response and Legal Issues
  • Medical Conditions and Psychotropic Medications
  • Self-Care for Law Enforcement
  • Community Resources

The five day course includes presentations by behavioral health specialists, experienced law enforcement officers, and representatives from county service providers. While the course addresses statewide standards, it remains flexible to address issues of concern specific to the residents of DuPage. 

Later in the week the officers engage in role plays. Professional actors are hired to portray individuals in crisis and bring realism to the training. All of the officers that have attended say the actors make the role play so real that they forget it is a training and treat the incident as a real call. All of the role plays are facilitated and evaluated by CIT officers and feedback is provided to the students. 

The Sheriff’s Office has committed to training every deputy sheriff in CIT, as well as some civilian staff (Tele-communicators, Social Worker). In addition, we offer CIT training free of charge to every law enforcement agency within DuPage County. As of 06/15/2018, the Office has trained over 300 deputies/officers within DuPage County.

We would like to thank the DuPage County Health Department, NAMI DuPage, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, DuPage County Probation, Giant Steps of Lisle, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, and Transitional Care Management of Lisle for their support in presenting this material.

Any law enforcement agency within DuPage County wishing to inquire about the 40 Hour CIT training can call 630-407-2300 or email DuPage CIT@dupagesheriff.org for more information.  

To learn more about the program, please see the article and video on WGN9.