|Crisis Intervention Unit Mission Statement|
Intervention Unit (C.I.U.) will endeavor to see that any victim of a crime is
provided the support necessary to help them cope with their trauma and stabilize
their lives. We will also provide information to victims and the community
concerning victimization and the resources available to them.
What is the Crisis Intervention Unit and what does it
The Crisis Intervention Unit addresses the need for
immediate on-scene support for crime victims following their victimization.
Trauma leaves a person unable to think clearly at a time when clear thinking is
needed most. The goal of C.I.U. is to support, comfort and provide information
to the victim.
The victim will be provided transportation to a place of
safety, if necessary. C.I.U. was formed as an operational unit under the Midland
County Sheriff's Office in January 1990 with the primary purpose being to
respond without bias to any call deemed necessary by law enforcement to assist
victims or survivors of a crime.
The Crisis Intervention Unit has a paid
staff of two and a base of 35 highly trained volunteers on call 24/7/365. C.I.U.
is the hub of the wheel of Victim's services. A team of two volunteers responds
to the scene, the emergency room, or wherever the officer requests. The team
assesses the situation and establishes the needs of the victim(s). Crisis
counseling and emotional support are provided as soon as possible following
victimization. If the help of another agency is necessary, that agency is
contacted for the victim(s) or the victim is transported to the
Volunteers offer to make calls for the victim; provide
information about Crime Victim's compensation, explain crime scene protocol,
protect victim(s) from media harassment, provided referrals for long term help,
arrange child care, and contact friends and family for them. C.I.U. does
anything necessary to aid the victim in regaining some control back in their
lives. Volunteers do not leave the victim until their support system is in
place. C.I.U. will also be called in the event of a disaster, whether natural or
man-made to assist victims.
The Midland County Sheriff's Office Crisis
Intervention Unit has assisted several neighboring counties to establish
programs patterned after our tried and true program. A base of 35-40 active
volunteers is required to ensure that all requests for service are met. To
maintain this volunteer base, two 40 hour training classes per year are
conducted, as well as monthly In-Service meetings. Due to diligent debriefing
policies, very few volunteers are lost from burnout.
We attempt to be
proactive in our training to be prepared for any situation whether mass
casualties or individual victims are involved. We will continue to serve the
citizens of Midland without bias should they become the unfortunate victims of a
An interruption of an individual's normal life
Homicide | Burglary | Sexual Assault | Suicide |
Robbery | Family Violence | Accident
Death | Child Abuse | Elderly
How does the C.I.U.
deal with crisis situations?
* Volunteers on call 24/7
On-scene victim support at a crime or accident scene.
* Support for
victims at Emergency Room.
* Follow-up with victims who have been
referred to other support agencies.
* Provide information to the
community regarding available services.
* Office maintained for walk-in
victims at Law Enforcement Building.
* Transport of victims to Safe
Place, Salvation Anny, etc.
* Crisis response teams for natural disaster
or major disaster such as plane crashes and major criminal disasters.
Provisions of small amount of emergency financial support for victims for food,