Crisis intervention expert to visit Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tuesday, Albuquerque is set to host a lesson in how to safely handle people in crisis from one of the pioneers of crisis intervention training, Major Sam Cochran.

Major Cochran will talk about crisis intervention training — the essential features and how a strong program is more than law enforcement training.

One of the groups making it happen — APD Forward — says police in Albuquerque encounter people in crisis every day, whether it be due to a mental illness, addiction or trauma.  They say these people deserve to be treated with dignity but, oftentimes, they’re not. In fact, CIT training is one of the key items laid out in the consent decree between APD and the DOJ.

APD Forward says police are unequipped to deal with crises, resulting in escalation of situations and, sometimes, violence. It’s one reason why Cochran will address how the CIT basics can keep the community and officers safe.

Cochran has 33 years of law enforcement experience under his belt. He also helped Albuquerque start its CIT program in the ’90s.

Chief Gordon Eden recently spoke at a Department of Justice summit. He says the department is leading the nation when it comes to policy reform and innovative crime-fighting techniques.

For more information or to attend the event, follow this link.

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