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10th MPD crisis intervention class completes training

Police officers, dispatchers, county employees and hotel security staff recently completed the Maui Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team training. MPD photo

The Maui News

Nineteen people completed training on interacting with people who may be suffering from mental illness to become part of the Maui Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team.

Those who completed the 40 hours of training, which ended Friday, included police officers and dispatchers, as well as county Department of Transportation and Roberts Hawaii employees and security staff from Honua Kai Resort and Spa and Four Seasons Resort Maui.

The hands-on training addresses how to interact with people potentially suffering from a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis. It focuses on de-escalating a situation before it reaches a point of violence or self-harm while ensuring people receive the appropriate response and care, according to an MPD news release.

The class was the 10th since the program began in 2013. Since then, 146 people have completed the course, including sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, deputy prosecutors, Maui Memorial Medical Center security staff, Maui Community Correctional Center officers, National Park Service employees, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center security staff and employees of the Maui Community Mental Health Center, Family Life Center, Fairmont Kea Lani and Puamana Community Association.

The class last week was the second led by Alicia Rodriguez, law enforcement clinical psychologist of Waves of Insight.

The training is part of MPD’s Critical Outreach and Response through Education (CORE) unit that works with community agencies on issues that include houseless people and those potentially suffering from mental illness.

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