Winchester Police Department crisis intervention training
The Winchester Police Department took place in the "Train the Trainer" crisis intervention program.

In an effort to improve crisis intervention tactics, Virginia’s Northwestern Community Services successfully held its first “Train the Trainer” program.

The new program, designed to spread the necessary crisis intervention information in a trickle down method, produced “11 certified crisis intervention team instructors,” according to

“Law enforcement officers have really important jobs that involve protecting and serving and maintaining the law, and dealing with folks that are mentally ill is one little piece of what they do,” Tiffani Ashland, crisis response center liaison for Northwestern, told

More “Train the Trainer” program are scheduled to take place in the future, but spots are expected to fill up due to the growing popularity of the program.

Northwestern will hold another 40-hour training course in October, and a few more next year, Ashland said, adding that the 11 newly trained instructors will assist. The October session is already full because, though there is no requirement to become CIT trained, she pointed out, local law enforcement departments are eager to participate.

Ashland told that, eventually the “Train the Trainer” program will “include all first responders, including fire and rescue workers.”

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