The training will consist of a one day, eight-hour introductory course providing both lecture and practical exercises. Instruction for this course will be provided by a certified law enforcement officer, who is an investigator with the Attorney General's Office. The training will consist of the following modules:
• Citizens with Special Needs: A module designed to improve officers' ability to recognize and effectively communicate with citizens suffering with emotional, cognitive, physical, and/or behavioral disorders that may impede contact with officers, investigation matters, and/or arrest process.
• Human Behavior/Communication: A module designed to focus on how well officers communicate with individuals prior to and during a mental illness and/or special needs crisis event. The importance of the officer's body language and other non-verbal communication techniques will be greatly emphasized during this phase.
• Crisis/Conflict Management: A module designed to focus on the importance of what a crisis cycle consists of as well as identifying the varying stages of a crisis when dealing with an individual with mental illness and/or special needs. Emphasis during this module will be focused on the role fear plays in a crisis situation, and how officers can maximize their own safety while ensuring the safety of the individual.
P.O. Box 534
Southaven, MS 38671