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Washtenaw County Deputies To Begin Crisis Training In September

Jul 7, 2016

Credit Courtesy Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

Deputies with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office have begun Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, to learn how to better de-escalate confrontations with civilians.


Sheriff Jerry Clayton says the training will address mental health crises and the problem of implicit racial and cultural bias.

He says,


“It’s not just one solution.  These are complicated situations, we’re talking about human beings, so you have to have a comprehensive strategy.  We believe that we have a model that provides that comprehensive strategy.”

Clayton says all county deputies will eventually receive training.  The majority of sessions will begin in September.

The Sheriff’s Office will also review its use of force policies.  Clayton says they’ll make changes to those policies if needed.

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