Presentation on theme: "The CIT partnership Sergeant Andrew Aninsman"— Presentation transcript:
1 The CIT partnership Sergeant Andrew Aninsman Bensalem Police DepartmentSpecial Victims UnitSharon Curran LCSW, CCDP-DLenape Valley Foundation
2 Introductions Individual Introductions Where is Bucks County? We are members of the Bucks County CIT Taskforce
3 How to develop a community team Commitment from local stakeholdersFinancial backingCreate a multidisciplinary taskforce of key individualsEstablish a clear leaderGive the group the freedom to develop a program without micromanaging the process
4 Bucks County CIT Development Advocacy brought CIT to the attention of local officialsTaskforce was appointed by local officials and agenciesChairperson was appointed
5 What has led to success? Clear leadership organize, organize, organize!Gentle remindersAll taskforce members had key roles in their organizations and in the taskforceGroup dynamicsFirst impressionsTraveling togetherHelping each other dailyFriendship
6 More about success Credibility of trainers – who can train cops? Having a program we are proud ofSupport of agency administrators/chiefsMarketingPublishing success storiesIndividual recognitionListening to officer feedbackRemembering this is police training!
7 The next levelThree 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 groupsCop to Cop initiativeManaging difficult cases together – hoarding & major incidents
8 More Next Level The creation of resource cards Cross training between law enforcement and behavioral healthBreaking down the barriers between agencies“those people”Rumor control between agenciesDevelopment of mobile outreach from mental healthConstructive criticism
9 Struggles Some taskforce members were not a good a good fit Change in leadership and taskforce membersChange must take place to make the program successful!DispatchFundingPolitics
10 Contact InformationSergeant Andrew Aninsman Sharon Curran
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