An essential part of the CIT course is scenario-based skills
training that challenged officers with realistic scenarios portrayed
by professional actors from Chicago and St. Louis.
"As soon as I
walked into the room or situation, it did not seem like a scenario;
it was as real as it gets," Geriets said.
Officers were trained in a number of topics: signs and symptoms
of autism, mental illness, mental retardation, child and adolescent
disorders, geriatric issues, substance abuse, and intervention
According to Geriets, this training is necessary for officers "to
help determine in some cases whether a person is suffering from some
sort of mental illness versus being defiant."
"My goal is to see that every officer on the Lincoln Police
Department receives this valuable training in the future," he said.
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