LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Fifteen officers from the area graduated from the Crisis Intervention Team class in Laurel Friday.
They completed the steps to become certified CIT officers in their departments.
The specialized training helps officers dealing with people who are involved in a crime while suffering an emotional crisis.
It also partners law enforcement with mental health organizations.
"We learn several de-escalation techniques that are available to make the situation resolve in a peaceful manner where one is hurt," LPD Sgt. David Grasha said. "A lot of times these type of individuals put a tremendous amount of stress on families, there's trauma on everybody, if we can resolve it peacefully, it's a much better situation for everybody concerned."
The guest speaker for the event was Attorney General Jim Hood, who proclaimed that Jones County was a model for the rest of the state in Crisis Intervention Training.