Crisis Intervention Team

The Norman Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was formed as a response to individuals in, but not limited to, mental health crisis. The Norman Police Department's CIT is based on the Memphis Model of Crisis Intervention which was created in 1987 by the Memphis Police Department, University of Memphis and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The CIT provides support to officers and leaders in the field regarding mental health issues. 

The Norman Police CIT program consists of officers who have volunteered to attend a forty-hour training course. The course is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) with support from NAMI.

Instruction consists of training in mental health law (Title 43A of the Oklahoma Statues), mental health diagnosis, veteran’s issues, substance abuse, and juvenile issues. The training incorporates panels of mental health providers, mental health consumers, and families of mental health consumers and visits to the local mental health facilities. The students must also participate in and successfully complete a number of scenarios based on actual mental health-related calls for service.

Course instructors come from ODMHSAS, Oklahoma City Police Department, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Midwest City Police Department, Edmond Police Department, Moore Police Department, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office as well as instructors from the Norman Police Department. To date, there have been over 1,200 officers CIT-trained in Oklahoma.

The Norman Police CIT currently has 23 officers assigned, one lieutenant as a coordinator and one captain as a commander. Two CIT members are also Crisis Intervention Team instructors.

The Norman Police Department Crisis Intervention Team is under the command of Captain Shawn Hawkins. 



NAMI Oklahoma

CIT International