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SCMPD trains officers for crisis situations

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SCMPD held a training session today to inform officers how to deal with domestic disputes and suicide attempts, which become especially prevalent during this time of year.

Crisis Intervention Team officials say they get a flood of suicide or suicide attempt calls this time of year, especially from people who live alone without any family.  The role of the Crisis Intervention Team officers is to handle domestic disputes and suicide attempts.

With the recent murder-suicide in Kansas City, and closer to home in Brooklet, CIT officials say it's imperative to be on the lookout for warning signs from loved ones who may be going through a tough time.

If you suspect someone may be fighting mental illness, and you're not sure how to cope during the holidays, CIT coordinator Dorothy Cave suggests turning to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, before it's too late.

Dorothy Cave says NAMI has an office in Savannah that provides classes to teach people how to deal with your family members that have some type of mental issue.

Cave also says "If anyone ever has any intrusive thoughts of committing suicide, please call somebody, there's always someone out there that cares about you.

If you're worried that someone you know might commit suicide, call 911 and ask for a CIT officer.

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