An example of my CIT training is, Concord PD received a call of a gentleman
that was scaring the neighbors. He had placed items out in his yard such as a
machete, antique rifles, and even a slip and slide that had broken glass on it.
You could hardly walk in his yard there was so much stuff. He lived in the last
house on a dead end street. He had also filled the street with all kinds of
items, including a box that appeared to be some kind of shrine. He had gone to
the neighbor’s houses and left some of his personal items and told then this was
his last night to live.
He told one of the neighbors that he would hear a shot and to call 911 when
he heard the shot but not come to the house because it would be too dangerous.
He had threatened several neighbors. When the first officer arrived the
gentleman was out in the street with a stick. He seemed highly agitated. The
officer called me to respond. The officer got the subject to drop the stick but
the subject starting talking about Vietnam. I arrived and the officer told me I
should talk him.
I started talking to him and was able to get him calmed down. After speaking
with him for a little while I learned he was a veteran of the US Army and had
served in Vietnam. He believed he was still there. He was ready to “get rid of
the village.” As I was speaking with him I learned he had weapons in the house
so the other officers went in to search. They found what appeared to be plastic
explosives so the bomb squad was called in. He thought he was going to jail but
I was able to talk him into going with us to the hospital to speak with someone.
He agreed to go with us so I introduced him to another officer and let them get
acquainted before he was transported. He was the type of person that needed to
trust the people before interacting with them. Since I was the supervisor in
charge I remained on the scene.
Everything turned out good at the house. There were no plastic explosives
found even though the box the officers saw was labeled C-4. I was able to get
him the help he needed. It was a good ending. No one got hurt and we have
received no further calls for service at his house. He is back at home now and
still receiving the help he needs.
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