These Miami cops have been trained to distinguish between different types of mental illnesses and to respond accordingly. (Photos by David Kidd) View Article
One night in May, correspondent John Buntin and our photographer, David Kidd, accompanied two Miami police officers on patrol. The officers had taken Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which teaches them how to distinguish between different types of mental illnesses and to respond accordingly. (Photos by David Kidd)
That night, they patrolled in Little Havana.
The first call came from a man whose cousin had been acting erratically before leaving the scene.
A 12-year-old boy was picked up for aggressive behavior toward his family.
Officers waited while the boy was examined.
A call came in regarding a dispute between a man and his stepdaughter.
The girl’s father arrived to take her home with him.
A motorist with a broken taillight caught the officer’s attention in a lull between calls.
Police answer a complaint about a couple with a history of problems.
One of the last calls of the night involved the family whose 12-year-old had been taken to Jackson Memorial earlier in the day. His mother's boyfriend, who has a history of mental illness, was aggressive when the officers first arrived, but ultimately, they were able to get him to a medical facility instead of jail. At the end of the shift, no arrests had been made thanks to the officers' crisis intervention training.