CIT Goes Department-wide
Chief Bradford, in late January 2000, made the decision to implement the CIT program department-wide. The chief based his decision on quarterly reports from the Central Patrol Division regarding its pilot program which proved very effective. It was lauded by officers, supervisors, citizens, and mental health professionals.
This was an important decision that altered the way Houston police officers respond to people in a mental health crisis. The CIT program is an example of the evolution of law enforcement; a change towards more professionalism and specialization.
An ambitious training initiative was developed to meet the chief's mandate. In addition to the 62 officers trained at the Central Patrol Division for the pilot program, 466 officers were trained from 14 patrol divisions in 2000. An additional 144 officers were trained in 2001.