In April 2016, the Buckeye Police Department, along with seven other neighboring police departments, joined forces to form the West Valley Crisis Intervention Team (WVCIT).
The goal of WVCIT is to train local police officers with the skills needed during an intervention, specifically when interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
The group was created in response to the 2015 “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” report which focuses on six pillars, including training and education.
Last month, WVCIT provided the first in a series of 40-hour crisis intervention training classes. The classes gave attendees the opportunity to participate in comprehensive, hands-on training covering all aspects of mental health issues law enforcement personnel face regularly.
The next training classes are scheduled for April 2017.
The WVCIT is made up of police departments from the cities of Surprise, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Avondale, Tolleson, El Mirage and Buckeye.