DuPage United Crisis Intervention Team Training Commitment

DuPage United Crisis Intervention Team Training Commitment

Below is a transcript of a speech about mental health Crisis Intervention Training given at DuPage United on Nov 15, 2015.

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(Audience question) If elected Sheriff will you make a commitment to have twenty five percent of your officers trained in CIT within three years of the CIT coordinator start?

(Response) I make the commitment for 100 percent.

(Applause)

(Audience question) And if elected sheriff will you meet with DuPage United every three months as we continue to work together?

(Response) Yes.

(Applause)

The reason this is so important to me and so near dear to my heart is the most important thing about me is that I’m the father of an autistic son. That’s what drives me. My wife Cyndi, she is a behavior health nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital so we know the importance of treatment. Treatment is how everything gets fixed. It’s the only way, but to get treatment you have to know how to identify the symptoms. To identify the symptoms you have to have training and education. This CIT training is that training education. It’s essential. I believe that the entire paradigm of policing and public safety needs to change.

(Applause)

I think we need to abandon the archaic practice of enforcement based policing and move to a community care taking function as we move forward. Less traffic, more cops in neighborhoods helping the people making a difference. (Applause) I believe that drug use is a huge problem. I see it every day on the street. I think we need to do is start looking at things even in law enforcement as an intervention-based model instead of an enforcement based model. It is the only way were going to solve the problems. We need to be close to families gaining trust then we’ll find out whom the drug dealers. That’s where enforcement comes in.

(Applause)

That’s what I strongly believe. The jails need to be depopulated the mental ill screened out. There is an osmatic assimilation of criminality when you put people that are mental ill near criminals surrounded by criminals. They should be screened out and then we should start with a diversionary program to where both police and corrections officers are both trained in CIT so you have two bites at the apple, to identify and screen before they end up in the jail. I think that’s critical.

(Applause)

I think that CIT training can be implanted to 100 percent, there’s a way to do it economically. There called train the trainer courses. We should have a whole bunch of deputies trained as train the trainers proving the training to our own people building from within for free. That’s how you do it. That’s how you do it economically and it’s very rare when the right thing is the same as the economic thing.

(Applause)

The good thing is to see the State’s Attorney, the Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, people like NAMI, PADS, DuPage United, everybody working together as a cohesive team because that doing it together will take care of the money the funding, but we need enough participants in place helping to get this done.

(Applause)

And to finish you can see why this is so important to me. The most important thing to me is my little boy and what I would want, hope and pray for is that if he ever comes across police response I would want a trained office in CIT dealing with him because I want his symptoms identified. I would want him to be helped, treated not adjudicated. I’m not only asking for support for me I’m asking for support for a new paradigm in law enforcement and I believe the CIT training is going to get us there. This is the catalyst that will start it all.

Thank you all.

(Applause)

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