Program teaches law enforcement how to interact with a person with mental illness

Law enforcement learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.
Law enforcement learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Dozens of law enforcement officers received training in how to properly deal with people with mental illnesses.

Friday afternoon a banquet was held to celebrate the 34 people who completed the Crisis Intervention Team Program. The one-week course was run by the National Alliance of Mental Illness. This year the program was held at Faith West Community Center.

Officers from nine area law enforcement agencies completed the program.

NAMI spokesperson Pattie Wollenburg said it’s great to see officers focus on how to better understand mental illnesses.

“They’re acknowledging they need the extra help. They learn so much. It just opens their eyes to what’s actually going on with people,” said Wollenburg.

The program has been offered in west-central Indiana for more than a decade. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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