Clayton, Mo. (KMOV) – Starting Monday, 75 police officers from across St. Louis County will trade in patrolling the streets for learning in the classroom.
The five day, 40 hour training course called CIT Training, or Crisis Intervention Team Training, helps train officers with mental health calls.
According to Sgt. Jeremy Romo with St. Louis County, there are between 60 to 80 calls a week concerning mental health disorders. Officials estimate at least 85 percent of those calls are from people who are suicidal.
The course aims to help officers better handle situations involving individuals with a mental health disorder.
Funding for the training comes from the Missouri CIT Council which funds the program every year.
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