PD Honored Alongside County Partners
On May 30th, Visalia Police Department Chief Jason Salazar, and a group of local officials, accepted the prestigious 2018 Excellence in Training Award for Organizational Achievement.
Issued by the the California Commission on Peace Officers and Training (POST) in Sacramento, the award honored the work that the Counties of Tulare and Kings, along with their cities, completed with the the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) course.
Tulare County Health & Human Services Mental Health Department Deputy Director Natalie Bolin and Department Secretary Diane Fisher were on hand, along with PD's Sgt. Kevin Kroeze, and Lt. Candido Alvarez.
The 40-hour CIT course focuses on teaching participants how to identify individuals who are in a crisis situation, techniques to handle and de-escalate the situation and the ability to determine if a person is a danger to themselves, others, or gravely disabled.
Providing the CIT course has been a collaborative effort between the two agencies since 2008 with over 450 officers from Tulare and Kings Counties trained, including 100 VPD members.