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Law Enforcement Trains in Crisis Intervention

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Local law enforcement officers underwent day two of crisis intervention training at Myrick Park.

In the field, they’re often put in high stress situations where they do not get a lot of time to react. This training gives them an extra tool to be prepared ahead of those situations.

Officers from La Crosse and Vernon counties participated as well as the City of La Crosse police and jail officers.

It’s a three-day training process that started on Tuesday. Today’s training focused on children and different mental health aspects that could impact how people act in a crisis.

“It’s a training that brings to light and lets officers talk about mental illnesses that are out there,” La Crosse Police Department Lieutenant Avrie Schott said. “How to recognize signs and symptoms and then how to work with people that are in crisis in our community.”

The program first came to La Crosse in 2006. Five officers who helped implement the training program were honored with special awards.

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