Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services & Dispatcher) Training
Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services & Dispatcher) Training

PERT provides extensive crisis intervention and de-escalation training to public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical, dispatch) agencies. PERT training is designed to facilitate understanding of effective and compassionate response to persons in crisis while ensuring safety, including appropriate service care referrals. PERT training is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards in Training (POST). Training events include:

  • Three-day PERT Academy for law enforcement. PERT Academy covers topics including an overview of PERT history, policies and procedures, mental health signs and symptom recognition (e.g., mood, psychoses, suicide prevention, substance use, Excited Delirium, cognitive issues), mental health law, cultural factors, consumer/lived experience panel, and a community agency resource fair.
  • One-day training for law enforcement. This highly interactive learning format focuses on practical tools to respond effectively and compassionately to persons in crisis, while concurrently ensuring safety. Training methods include role-play scenarios and the use of interactive videos (e.g., force option simulator). Law enforcement Defensive Tactical instructors address safety issues. A specialty version of this training meets State requirements for Field Training Officer (FTO) attendance.
  • Quarterly training day for officers/deputies and PERT Clinicians. This training involves a variety of topics (e.g., co-occurring disorder recognition; cultural awareness).
  • 8-hr San Diego County Regional De-escalation & Crisis Management Training. In collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, this training meets the requirements of SB-230.
  • One-day De-escalation and Mental Health Training for Dispatchers. This training addresses dispatcher skills in obtaining information from callers to ensure optimal recognition of mental health influencing factors as well as effective communication of obtained information to officers in the field to ensure a safe and effective service contact. 
  • Agency requested training, including line-up or briefing training.
  • Mental Health Crisis Response Training for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. This training includes the recognition of mental health influencing factors and the related appropriate response to ensure appropriate care to persons in crisis.
  • Also, community presentations on PERT services occur throughout the County.