Law enforcement officers from several agencies are training in Osage Beach this week to learn how to handle a growing problem in the field – responding to crisis situations involving people with mental illness. The Capital Area Crisis Intervention Team is conducting a 40-hour course on the subject that began on Monday. Osage Beach Detective Tom Gorsline serves as the co-chair for the Capital Area CIT and says this course is about providing training that officers don’t get at the police academies.
That training also includes the officer’s wellness in dealing with the things that they encounter every day. Some of the subject matter they’ll be covering also includes a four-hour segment on de-escalating situations, assessing the illness at hand, and getting those people the assistance they need most, whether it’s mental treatment, hospitalization, or jail.