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Maui Police Department recruits and officers, state judiciary employees and other Crisis Response Team training participants pose for a photo. photo MPD

The Maui Police Department recruits were among 23 people who underwent Crisis Intervention Team training on how to interact with those who potentially suffer from mental illness or are going through an emotional crisis.

The 40 hours of training, which ended on Friday, focused on de-escalating a situation before it reaches a point of violence or self-harm while ensuring people get the response and proper care they need, according to an MPD press release.

Those who completed the program included MPD officers, state judicial employees, security personnel from the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea and Montage Kapalua Bay, members of the MPD Multi-Cultural Advisory Counsel and employees from Roberts Hawaii, Project Vision, Family Life Center-Molokai, Ka Foundation Hale A Ke Ola and Maui Aloha.

The class was the 12th since the program launched in 2013, bringing the number of people who have completed the training to 188.

Alicia Rodriguez, law enforcement clinical psychologist at Waves of Insight, led the training.

The program is part of MPD’s Critical Outreach and Response through Education unit which works with community organizations on issues involving the homeless and people with mental illness.

MPD recruits John Asuncion, Michael Asuncion, Luna Guarriello, Austin Hughes, Goro Iijima, Taylor Lee, Michael Means, Nathan Samonte and Micah Takamiya completed training; MPD officers Tyson Baza-Triulzi, Clarence Kenui and Cody Tetzloff; Nico Bonilla of Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Christopher Freitas and Bernard Olsen of Roberts Hawaii, Randy Gallegos of Montage Resorts, Robin Garrison of Project Vision, 2nd Circuit Judge Kirstin Hamman, Keisa Liu of MPD Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, Kimo Orlando of Molokai Family Life Center, Dr. Arlene Ricalde-Garcia, Kurt Schmidt from Ka Hale A Ke Ola and Tiare Sua from Maui Aloha Foundation.

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