Chippewa County joined the CIT&CIP Wisconsin initiative and expansion, having their first CIT training this past March. Chippewa County Human Services, Chippewa Falls Police Department, and NAMI Chippewa Valley collaborated with the Minnesota CIT Officer’s Association and NAMI Wisconsin to fund, host, and facilitate their training. 23 officers in the county attended the training reaching 8 different departments. They hope to grow and develop a strong training team and continue to host within the county moving forward.
After holding their first CIP training in December, the University of Wisconsin Police Department and NAMI Dane County hosted a CIT training in February with 37 officers from 13 departments in attendance. Capt. Michael Newton of the UW-Police Department and CIT&CIP Wisconsin Facilitator quoted, "Really the goal of this week is to teach officers to slow down and understand that in [crisis] situations we tend to escalate when we speed things up. But if we slow it down, the resolution is much better."
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Crisis Intervention Partner Training (CIP) has made its way to central Wisconsin. Marathon County is currently hosting 6 CIP trainings from March through May 2016, with hopes of reaching 300 or more LEO, EMS and other community partners. After the scheduled sequence of CIP trainings, their team who includes Northcentral Technical College, Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Wausau Police Department, NAMI Northwoods, and North Central Health Care, in collaboration with John Wallschlaeger, owner/consultant of Gold Stripe Consulting LLC., hope to provide ongoing CIT and CIP trainings for their region.
Winnebago county was recently awarded a federal ED enhancement grant, providing funding to the surrounding Northeastern Wisconsin region. They have scheduled 5 CIT trainings and anticipate reaching 200 officers across 20 departments. Winnebago county in collaboration with other community/county partnerships has contracted with Patti- Hecht- Kressly, President of Pro Crisis LLC., to plan, facilitate, and host their CIT trainings.
Pro Crisis LLC. is a Midwest accredited CIT training organization who’s training model is recognized by the National Institute of Corrections. They have been training officers in CIT for 10 years as well as hosting trainings in correctional facilities. CIT training for the NE Wisconsin region are scheduled from March- August. Please see the training calendar page for information on dates and locations.