The need to assess the mental status and intentions of individuals has become a routine requirement of law enforcement officers nationwide. More often than not, they are the first responders in situations involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis. As a key component of situational awareness, officers need to quickly recognize when a person is experiencing a mental heath crisis, and have the verbal skills necessary, to ensure both officer safety and the safety of an individual in crisis. This ground breaking book, provides information on the various mental health disorder’s, treatment options, violence risk assessment, gun violence, innovative verbal de-escalation skills, and situational awareness. Also includes, self-help information on stress management, officer resiliency, critical incident recovery and emotional survival. In his work, Richard Crino, co-designed Rhode Island’s first crisis intervention program for law enforcement officers known as CRT.