National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Albuquerque Police Department
Crisis Intervention Team
Police officers are often faced with complex issues when addressing crisis situations where mental illness or emotional disturbance might be a factor. These situations require the officer to make difficult judgments about the mental state and intent of the individual, and require special skills and abilities to deal with the person to avoid potential violence.
In January 1997, the Albuquerque Police Department incorporated the Crisis Intervention Team concept. This innovative approach to crisis management has added a new dimension to law enforcement. Highly trained uniformed specialists patrol the streets of Albuquerque providing rapid response to these often-volatile calls for service. The officers draw from training and experience to implement the appropriate intervention, thereby minimizing use of force and risk to persons in crisis and police personnel.
The Crisis Intervention Team is composed of 108 skilled police officers distributed equitably throughout the city. This team responds to over 300 crisis calls each month and transport nearly 50% of the persons contacted for professional mental health care.
This program exemplifies the Albuquerque Police Department’s dedication to our community’s needs by providing the highest standard of police service in partnership with the cities health care providers.
Crisis Intervention Team Specialized Training
Albuquerque Police Phone Numbers
Non-Emergency: 242-COPS (242-2677)
Westside Substation: 831-4705
Valley Substation: 761-8800
Northeast Substation: 823-4455
Southeast Substation: 256-2050
Foothills Substation: 332-5240
Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator: 875-3500