Police officers honored for starting Crisis Intervention Program

Local CIT trainers receive awards

La Crosse CIT trainers were honored on Wednesday, May 5, for their commitment to the Crisis Intervention program.

The CIT program trains patrol officers and other first responders on how to recognize mental illness and de-escalate situations.

Those awarded say they hope to minimize the potential harm for everyone in situations of crisis.

One award recipient, Sergeant Michael Valencia from the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, says there’s still a lot of work to do but he’s happy to pass the torch onto others.

All five trainers awarded were part of the team that started Crisis Intervention Training in our area.

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