Friday was graduation day for some local crisis intervention officers.
The group consists of officers from the Meridian Police Department and the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. Training consisted of a 40 hour, five day class. Captain Wade Johnson with the Meridian Police Department says the focus of the group is to respond to those who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
"Hopefully, as a result of the training, these officers will be able, through techniques, be able to identify certain mental illnesses and those in mental health crisis', " Johnson says.
Captain Johnson says that hopefully officers will use the training to respond to those in need and be able to properly assist them.