Crisis Intervention Team
The Somerville Police Department has been integrating the pillars of 21st Century Policing, over the past few years with a focus on expanding our community policing philosophy through engaging in and expanding partnerships with community service providers and initiating programs such as STEPS and COHR. We have also prioritized officer education and are now the Metro Boston Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center regarding training and implementation of CIT (Crisis Intervention Team). CIT focuses on increasing officer literacy on behavioral health to inform and enhance response to individuals and families impacted by behavioral health conditions.
This year we will begin to incorporate a greater focus on Officer Wellness. As reported in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, “the wellness and safety of law enforcement officers are critical not only to themselves, their colleagues, and their agencies but also to public safety”. Dr. Laurence Miller a member of this task force pointed out the importance of taking care of all officers most important resource: their brains.
Somerville is part of a Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which will provide officers with Peer support after major critical events. This will help us as a department deal with traumatic events both on an individual and organizational level.
Our goal is to increase officers’ capacity to respond to the ever-changing and complex circumstances that impact the safety and wellness of our community.