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During the month of March four police officers attended crisis intervention training in Ames and Iowa City. This 40 hour program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that officers get the training and support that they need. The training was funded by Central Iowa Community Services (CICS).