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Crisis Intervention Team

The CIT Mission

The mission of the St. Louis Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT Coordinating Council) is to deliver positive law enforcement crisis intervention service to people with mental illness in the St. Louis area by:

  1. Providing cooperative community partnerships of law enforcement, mental health service providers, consumers, families, and advocates.
  2. Coordinating and enhancing services to people with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems through law enforcement based Crisis Intervention Teams.
  3. Providing leadership to facilitate CIT programs and playing an integral role in the design of training for the CIT officers, and
  4. Supporting success and continuing improvement of CIT.

The CIT Challenge

PROBLEM: 3.5 Million Americans have severe mental illnesses and fewer than 50% receive even minimally adequate treatment. How many of these under-served people are in your community and how much patrol time do they require?

Policing has the unenviable reality of being, in many situations, the last intervention option available. When other "crisis intervention professionals" are unable to effectively deal with an escalating situation, they have the option of withdrawing and calling for assistance.

The police do not have the alternative of dialing 911 when situations intensify. The police are required to respond in circumstances where no other professional will attend. The officer is expected to have the ability to effectively communicate, counsel, mediate, advise, empathize, protect, and console. The officer is expected to be intelligent and have the physical capacity and willingness to forcibly intervene without malice. The police are expected to calmly and compassionately render assistance to the public while at the same time instilling fear into the criminal element of society.

This may seem an impossible endeavor; but to make the task even more daunting, the police officer is asked to perform these feats several times each day without complaint and many times without thanks.

The Purpose of this Web Site

The purpose of this Web Site is two-fold.

  • To familiarize the public with the St. Louis Area Crisis Intervention Team and its mission.
  • To provide a central point of distribution of commonly-used resources for CIT agencies and members.

St. Louis County Police Department

7900 Forsyth Blvd

Clayton, MO 63105

Emergency Calls: Call 911

Non-Emergency Reporting / General Information: (636) 529-8210

TDD: (636) 529-8220 


St. Louis Area CIT Police Coordinator

Sergeant Gary Robertson

7900 Forsyth Boulevard

St. Louis, Missouri 63105

For questions and comments:

Telephone: (314) 615-7117

Email: [email protected]