SFPD Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

SFPD Crisis Intervention Team image with SFPD officer talking to person on the street

What is the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)?

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is comprised of community members, mental health advocates, health service providers, and police officers working together to provide cutting edge training for law enforcement officers. The goal of CIT is to instruct officers how to effectively manage behavioral crisis situations in the field. The training is designed to teach officers how to manage individuals in behavioral crisis using de-escalation techniques and time, distance, and cover for the safety of all individuals. CIT training provides an additional set of tools that officers can utilize to de-escalate situations and obtain a safe and positive outcome for the officer and consumer. This is accomplished by teaching officers the inner workings of a crisis, including the feelings and emotions (or lack thereof) an individual experiences during a crisis situation.

CIT curriculum addresses the following topics: Verbal De-escalation Scenarios;  Mental Health Disorders; Medical Issues; Psychotropic Drugs and Side Effects; Juvenile Mental Health; Geriatric Mental Health; Family Perspective by the National Alliance on Mental Illness; Suicide and Suicide Intervention; Dual Diagnosis; Vicarious Trauma; Self-Care; Conflict Resolution; Suicide by Cop; PTSD Signs and Symptoms; Veteran Encounters and Interactions; Homeless Outreach; Department Policy and Procedures; Intellectual Disabilities; Spectrum Disorders; and Substance Use and Mental Health. CIT is supported through the leadership of the Police Commission, SFPD Command Staff, The Mayor’s Office on Disability, SF District Attorney’s Office, SF Public Defender’s Office, Office of Citizen Complaints, SF Mental Health Board, mental health advocates, health service providers and community members.

Protocols for CIT call responses are covered in Department Bulletin 14-143 Response by Crisis Intervention Trained Officers, (See Attached) and San Francisco Division of Emergency Communications Training Bulletins, TB11-031 and TB14-013

Numbers of SFPD officers who have received CIT training?

Total currently employed SFPD members trained from November 2011 through April 2017: 705

Breakdown of members:

  • Commanders = 2
  • Captains = 3
  • Lieutenants = 14
  • Sergeants = 129
  • Officers = 580
  • Support Units = 220
  • Total Sworn Personnel = 728
  • Public Service Aides (Airport) = 15
  • Public Service Aides/Non-Sworn (Field Operations Bureau) = 4
  • Police Cadet = 1

Number of active patrol officers who have received CIT training?

  • Sworn Personnel = 705
  • Non-Sworn = 19

In addition, members from outside agencies also took part in SFPD CIT training:

  • BART PD = 22
  • SFPD Communications (Dispatch) = 12
  • SF DA's Office = 2
  • SF Park Rangers = 8
  • San Diego PD = 1

Documents associated with CIT

Department Bulletins

Use of Service and Support Animals by Persons with Disabilities PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-11-204.pdf

Operation Outreach Protocol for Processing Homeless Property “Bag & Tag” PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-12-085.pdf

Reporting and Investigating Suspected Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse DB PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-12-165.pdf

Response to Mental Health Calls with Armed Suspects PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-13-120.pdf

Procedure for Booking “CONREP” Arrestees PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-15-043.pdf

Avoiding the “Lawful but Awful” Use of Force PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-15-106.pdf

Transporting Persons Who Use Mobility Devices PDF iconSFPD-DepartmentBulletin-15-146.pdf

General Orders

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Response to Person in Crisis Calls for Service PDF iconSFPD-DGO-5.21-CIT.pdf

Psychological Evaluation of Adults PDF iconSFPD-DGO-6.14.pdf

Psychological Evaluation of Juveniles PDF iconSFPD-DGO-7.02.pdf

Critical Incident Evaluation and Notification PDF iconSFPD-DGO-8.01.pdf

Hostage and Barricaded Suspect Incidents PDF iconSFPD-DGO-8.02.pdf

Senate Bill

Senate Bill No. 11 Peace Officer Training: Mental Health PDF iconSFPD-SenateBill11-100315.pdf

 

Lt Mario Molina
Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator
Email: [email protected]