LEWISTON – More than a dozen area police officers will graduate Friday after training for 40 hours in crisis intervention.

Police from Auburn, Lewiston and Lisbon have been in class since the start of the week to learn basics of interacting with people who suffer from mental health issues. The instruction has been conducted by the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in conjunction with Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The training involves a host of issues, including toxicology and pharmacology, substance abuse, risk assessments, dementia and aging, diversity issues, trauma perspectives, legal issues and policies, de-escalation skills and role-playing.

According to Laurie Cyr-Martel, manager of the Mobil Crisis Team & Stabilization Program at Tri-County, it has been four years since the training has been done in Androscoggin County.

The officers who were schooled this week will receive certificates at 3 p.m. Friday at the Lewiston Armory.

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