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Monday, 29 April 2019 18:33

Emergency Personnel Taught De-Escalation Techniques at Week-Long Program

(TNS) - Twenty-three men and women from Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties graduated on Friday after a week of training by the Laurel Highlands Region Police Crisis Intervention Team.

The program, held at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Richland Township, included classes on suicide prevention, mental illness, strategies to de-escalate situations, dealing with juveniles and specialty courts.

“It’s critical that we give them the training,” said Kevin Gaudlip, Richland Township police detective and event coordinator. “Many of these situations are suicidal people that we encounter. In this course, officers are given the skills to effectively communicate with these people to prevent suicide.”

Police officers, 911 dispatchers, corrections officers, EMS personnel, probation officers, crisis intervention teams and others participated.