Crisis Intervention Training/Implementation
The Crisis Intervention Team/Emotionally Disturbed Person Response Team (EDPRT) is a team of experienced officers specially trained, on a voluntary basis, to deal with emotionally disturbed/mentally ill individuals in a variety of situations in their respective communities. The CIT/EDPRT is utilized in situations where the emotional state of an individual may be beyond normal patrol capabilities and training. These situations may include suicidal persons, persons exhibiting irrational behavior, handling psychiatric patients, the homeless, various mental health concerns and/or referrals, and any other situations that deal specifically with the needs of the mental health community and emotionally disturbed/mentally ill persons. CIT/EDPRT members are dedicated to preserving the dignity of individuals who are emotionally disturbed/mentally ill, and will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of its members, the community, and the emotionally disturbed/mentally ill person. In addition, it is the CIT/EDPRTs mission to ensure that each emotionally disturbed/mentally ill person’s (EDP) physical and mental health is cared for with understanding, compassion, and respect.
As Commanding Officer of the Rochester Police Department’s Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team (EDPRT), Eric was responsible for the development and coordination of the EDPRT Basic/Advanced School, one of the largest police mental health training schools in the United States. He was also responsible for the development, policy, implementation, overseeing, and commanding the department’s EDPRT, the first team of its kind in New York State. This team was later honored with the Rochester Police Department’s Unit Commendation Award for the teams efforts during Eric’s tenure as its Commanding Officer.
Since his retirement, Eric has consulted with numerous police agencies and coordinated the development of CIT/EDPRT Schools and the implementation throughout New York State.
In addition, Eric is a consultant with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services and NYS Office of Mental Health in providing trainings, writing Police Mental Health training curriculum. He has been a keynote speaker for numerous law enforcement and mental health conferences speaking on the subjects of police training in mental health and the importance and value of specialized crisis intervention teams within police agencies.
Eric is available for consultation and instruction to law enforcement agencies who desire to increase the level of understanding and response to the issues of mental illness and suicidal behavior within a community.