Police Use Crisis Intervention Training

Law enforcement used crisis intervention training Tuesday to de-escalate a situation where a woman was destroying her own property. Here is a news release from the Shelton Police Department explaining how they used their training:

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at approximately 6:10 AM, the Shelton Police Department was dispatched to a distraught, potentially suicidal female inside a home in the 1000 block of May Ave.

Upon arrival, two Shelton Police Officers and two Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office located a female experiencing a mental crisis. She was alone inside her home, being very destructive to her property.  

The personnel on scene immediately identified the situation as a crisis intervention incident. The officers and deputies setup a soft perimeter around the home, turned off all the emergency lights, and attempted to start a dialogue. By giving themselves distance and cover, first responders were able to create time to defuse the situation without rushing in and potentially creating an exigent circumstance. Officers were successful in creating a dialogue with the subject, and she eventually calmed down enough to walk herself out of the home into an awaiting ambulance without incident.

Lieutenant Mike Fiola cited the incident as a textbook example of the de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques that all Shelton Police Officers are trained on, stating, “the professional manner in which these personal handled the situation is reflective of our agencies mission, vision, and core values.”