Lake County United leaders met again with Sheriff Mark Curran, Undersheriff Ray Rose, States Attorney Michael Nerheim as well as Lake County and College of Lake County staffs to discuss the progress on the Critical Incident Team (CIT) training. CIT is designed to equip officers to de-escalate situations when confronted with those undergoing a mental health crisis.
Several members of the Sheriff's department are working with the College of Lake County to become certified CIT trainers, which will increase the available training. This will significantly increase the number of local law enforcement officers ability to receive the training each year.
Prior to 2015 approximately 77 out of 1259 law enforcement officers in Lake County were CIT certified. An additional 267 officers (Sheriff and police) have received CIT training in the last 2 years.
As a follow-up to the Crisis Intervention Team conference organized last November by Lake County United and its affiliates, the planners met again with Roger Heaton, the Illinois State Director of Public Safety, to continue working to increase the CIT training and crisis centers throughout the state