Meridian, Miss. Several law enforcement officers graduated from a unique program of training Friday in Meridian.
The program is centered around officers and their ability to handle anyone with a mental illness.
The East Mississippi Crisis Intervention Team is considered to be one of the first of its kind in the state.
One graduate of the program believes it is viable for all officers to have some form of training in crisis intervention.
"I believe it is very necessary for officers to go through this, due to the fact that a large number of our calls deal with persons that are having mental health issues," said LCSO Sgt. Kris Cokel.
Since the program's initiation, almost 50 officers have graduated from the program. The hope is for the program to keep growing and for more officers to get involved.