The Castle Rock Police Department has selected officers who have gone through a rigorous 40-hour, state-administered, locally implemented course. Instructors such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and attorneys volunteer their time to train officers to intervene with persons who have mental illnesses / disabilities and who are in crisis.
The Castle Rock Police Department works closely with the Arapahoe / Douglas Mental Health Network, which recently received $400,000 in grant funding to continue its Crisis Intervention Team case management program. The program, implemented in early 2005, has provided mental health services and medication to individuals engaged by law enforcement in an effort to keep them out of jails and hospitals.
The Castle Rock Police Department has 17 certified Crisis Intervention Team officers who work patrol and two certified Crisis Intervention Team dispatchers.