What is a MICT Officer?
Mental Illness Crisis Team officers have received additional training to help individuals who may be in a mental health crisis. Each patrol squad has one officer designated as a MICT Officer. These officers take the lead on calls for service that involve a possible mental health situation. They have had additional mental health and de-escalation training along with a strong passion for helping individuals who may be in a crisis.
While MICT officers have received additional mental health training, all HPD officers have or will go through Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). Both of these training programs provide officers with de-escalation techniques that help work toward positive resolutions for all parties involved. Currently 89% of our sworn personnel have been trained in CIT and 90% have been trained in ICAT.
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For further details on how mental health calls for service are handled please contact our non-emergency line at 540-434-4436 and ask to speak with a MICT officer.
Meet HPD's MICT Officers
Officer Hensley - A Squad
Officer Denneny - B Squad
Officer Lanphier - C Squad
Officer Anderson - D Squad
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Service Board (CSB)
540-434-1766 Emergency Services
Sentara Behavioral Health
Western State Hospital
JMU Counseling Center
Strength in Peers
Region 1 Children's Mobile Crisis [60KB]
If you or anyone you know are having a mental health crisis or need to speak with someone, please reach out!