Every Kansas City police officer will now be required to take crisis intervention training, chief says

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KANSAS CITY (KSNT) — The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department has a new requirement for officers.

Every officer in the department will be required to complete a two and a half-day “Intro to Crisis Intervention” course. The course will teach the basics of what a member of the Crisis Intervention Team does daily, according to Chief Rick Smith, who added the requirement.

Smith said the department created the team in 2010. In a new blog post he writes, officers on the team have spent the past decade working with a group of people suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues to help them get the resources while working to keep them out of the criminal justice system.

Last year alone, CIT officers responded to 675 calls, even during the pandemic, according to the department. The chief said officers made 464 follow-up visits and had an additional 449 interactions with people who were homeless to help them get housing.

During her two and a half weeks in St. Louis, they lengthened the bone in her leg and an external fixator was put into her bone to hold it in place while she recovers.

“When we first started here in Topeka, to them getting us to St. Louis, everything has been amazing. The doctors, nurses everybody,” Drake Wylie, Briley’s father, said.

Each day her parents see tremendous progress through physical therapy with Stormont Vail Health and on her own.

“It’s very hard,” Briley said. “It does hurt a lot, but after I’m all done with it it’s better.”

Briley is recovering step by step for a life-changing outcome. She is most excited about returning to the softball field with her friends. Briley is expected to fully recover by mid-September, but her parents said at the pace she is going she could be recovered by August.

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