The Crisis Unit is a 24-hour co-response team that provides onsite emergency response with officers to persons in crisis situations. The Crisis Unit was established in 1973 as one of the earliest examples of law enforcement and human services professionals working together.
The Crisis Unit responds to a variety of situations which include:
- Intimate partner or sexual violence
- Victims of crimes (assault, burglary/home invasion, armed robbery, child abuse/assault)
- Persons experiencing psychiatric emergencies or persistent mental health concerns
- Situations requiring safety planning and lethality assessments (suicidal or homicidal subjects)
- Runaway juveniles and missing persons
- Hostages or barricaded persons
- Traumas including fires, natural disasters, and accidents involving serious injury or death
- Incidents involving multiple victims in need of debriefing, including first responders
- Stalking or harassment
- Death notifications
- Outreach to vulnerable persons
The Crisis Unit’s operating hours are from 8AM - 11PM Monday - Friday, except major holidays. To speak with a Crisis Counselor directly, please call the Crisis Unit at 919-968-2806. Outside of the time, the Crisis Unit is staffed with an on-call rotation. If you need to speak with the on-call Crisis Counselor, please contact the Watch Commander.