Evaluation of the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department Crisis Intervention Team Program

Project Purpose/Goal (closed in 2018)

At the request of the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department (PWCPD), the National Police Foundation conducted an evaluation of the PWCPD crisis intervention team (CIT) program and the department’s response to emotionally-disturbed persons. The evaluation was conducted to assist PWCPD in enhancing its CIT program and operations to provide the most-effective, high-quality services to their community in a manner sustainable for the long term. Read the report Responding to Persons with Mental Illness and/or Emotional Distress: An Evaluation of the Prince William County Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program.

Study Method

The National Police Foundation, in partnership with the PWCPD, assembled an evaluation team with expertise in crisis intervention team programs, trainings, policies, and practices; law enforcement response to persons with mental illness and/or emotional distress; law enforcement-mental health collaboration; and, providing technical assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide. The evaluation team developed a comprehensive methodology that included on- and off-site data collection, research, and material reviews to complete the evaluation and develop the full report.

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s Evaluation of the PWCPD CIT Program project was funded by the PWCPD.

Points of Contact

Ben Gorban
Senior Project Associate
(202) 833-1460

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460


Crisis intervention; crisis intervention team; CIT program; mental health