Albuquerque, NM – The USMS (U.S. Marshals Service) along with HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) hosted the fourth Crisis Intervention Training certification course during the week of June 20 through the 24 of 2015. USMS and HIDTA are taking proactive steps to provide enhanced training when dealing with de-escalation, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness. HIDTA and The U.S. Marshal Service provided four CIT certification courses throughout 2015. That training was successfully provided to all Deputy U.S. Marshals in the District of New Mexico and the training was also provided to other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The training consisted of a 40-hour course designed to emphasize verbal de-escalation, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness. A significant portion of the training consisted of hands-on scenarios in which the student could practice new skills. Ultimately the class enhanced and honed the perishable skill set of active listening, de-escalation techniques and provided additional tools for field officers.
This partnership in agencies and training opportunities reaffirms the U.S. Marshals commitment in the District of New Mexico to enhancing community and officer safety. Continually re-assessing and seeking out new and improved techniques and providing them to the peacekeepers charged with keeping our communities safe is essential element of increasing public safety.