CANCELLED - Mental Health Awareness

Event Info
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Every community can expect its police officers to encounter emotionally disturbed individuals, mentally ill subjects, or persons with diminished capacities. This group of special needs individuals presents field officers with difficult and often complex issues. These types of persons, whether from intoxication, suicidal potentials, medical complications, or a diagnosed mental illness, will display a wide range of behaviors usually different from those exhibited by other members of the community or persons involved in criminal activities. This course will address current mental health issues of interest to law enforcement professionals, including behavioral signs and symptoms, common treatments and medications, and potential interactions officers may have with consumers, their families, and service providers.

The course will be conducted by Sergeant Emily Hejna, a 12-year veteran with the Alton Police Department.  During her time at Alton PD, she has been assigned to the Patrol Division and to Investigations. In addition, she has served as the department’s Public Relations Officer, Sex Offender Registration Coordinator, and CIT Liaison Officer. Sgt. Hejna was certified as a CIT Officer in 2008 and began serving as a Role Play Evaluator for the 40-hour CIT course later that year. As a CIT Trainer, she has helped hundreds of officers increase their knowledge and grow their passion for consumers in crisis. As an active CIT Officer, she has helped countless individuals in need gain access to mental health services in her community.  

Instructor:  Sgt. Emily Hejna

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Contact Info
Kevin Koontz: 217-819-4028 /
MTU 12 - IL Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board
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