Too often, police respond to situations involving a person with mental illness. Many times, officers don’t have the specialized training to deal with these situations, which can be dangerous for both the mentally ill individual and the officer. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is doing their part to make sure situations like that don’t occur within their department. In May, they will be sending twelve deputies to crisis intervention training, or CIT. Sheriff Tony Helms says the 40 hours of training will provide first responders with the right training, practice, and preparations needed to de-escalate crisis situations safely and effectively.