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1 Sergeant Andrew Aninsman Bensalem Police Department Special Victims Unit Sharon Curran LCSW, CCDP-D Lenape Valley Foundation

2  Individual Introductions  Where is Bucks County?  We are members of the Bucks County CIT Taskforce

3  Commitment from local stakeholders  Financial backing  Create a multidisciplinary taskforce of key individuals  Establish a clear leader  Give the group the freedom to develop a program without micromanaging the process

4  Advocacy brought CIT to the attention of local officials  Taskforce was appointed by local officials and agencies  Chairperson was appointed

5  Clear leadership  organize, organize, organize!  Gentle reminders  All taskforce members had key roles in their organizations and in the taskforce  Group dynamics  First impressions  Traveling together  Helping each other daily  Friendship

6  Credibility of trainers – who can train cops?  Having a program we are proud of  Support of agency administrators/chiefs  Marketing  Publishing success stories  Individual recognition  Listening to officer feedback  Remembering this is police training!

7  Three taskforce members participated in the county’s criminal justice advisory board strategic planning.  The chairperson for the county’s suicide prevention taskforce is on the CIT taskforce. There has been collaboration between the two groups  Cop to Cop initiative  Managing difficult cases together – hoarding & major incidents

8  The creation of resource cards  Cross training between law enforcement and behavioral health  Breaking down the barriers between agencies  “those people”  Rumor control between agencies  Development of mobile outreach from mental health  Constructive criticism

9  Some taskforce members were not a good a good fit  Change in leadership and taskforce members  Change must take place to make the program successful!  Dispatch  Funding  Politics

10  Sergeant Andrew Aninsman   Sharon Curran 

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