The James City County Police Department proudly participates in the Colonial Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a collaborative endeavor consisting of local, state, and federal agencies dedicated to enhancing law enforcement's approach to individuals grappling with behavioral health issues.
While Virginia's law enforcement officers receive fundamental training related to addressing mental health concerns, our officers at the James City County Police Department voluntarily undergo CIT training. This intensive 40-hour program delves comprehensively into subjects, including the identification of mental illness signs and symptoms, suicide assessment and prevention, and the intricacies of alcohol and drug-related issues.
The Department is proud of its 57 trained employees, which includes 12 accomplished CIT trainers. They stand as a formidable force, ready to offer specialized support to individuals in need. Furthermore, James City County serves as a host for CIT training programs, extending the reach of this crucial training to fellow law enforcement professionals in our region.
The James City County Police Department firmly believes that equipping officers with the knowledge and expertise to manage mental health crises effectively is not merely a responsibility but a testament to an unwavering commitment to community safety and well-being.