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Badge of progress in jail crisis training

  • Alternative to “Let me help you,” says Deputy Justin Sabatine, during a role-playing exercise with an “inmate” threatening to jump.
    “Let me help you,” says Deputy Justin Sabatine, during a role-playing exercise with an “inmate” threatening to jump.
  • Alternative to Deputies Jesus Chamorro and Ronéy Friend take part in an interactive video simulation with an “inmate” threatening suicide.
    Deputies Jesus Chamorro and Ronéy Friend take part in an interactive video simulation with an “inmate” threatening suicide.
  • Alternative to New deputies talk through techniques for helping inmates suffering from psychological problems.
    New deputies talk through techniques for helping inmates suffering from psychological problems.
  • Alternative to Deputy Charlene Flores listens to practical on-the-job advice from experienced deputies.
    Deputy Charlene Flores listens to practical on-the-job advice from experienced deputies.
  • Alternative to Dr. Sara Butte, a Sheriff’s Department psychologist, is one of the instructors.
    Dr. Sara Butte, a Sheriff’s Department psychologist, is one of the instructors.
  • Alternative to Deputy Ricardo Sosa-Arzola is one of 900 deputies to go through the training so far.
    Deputy Ricardo Sosa-Arzola is one of 900 deputies to go through the training so far.


A new crisis intervention program is helping to transform how deputies interact with mentally ill inmates in the Los Angeles County jail system. It’s called DeVRT, for De-Escalation and Verbal Resolution Training. Hundreds of deputies have been through the four-day course so far. In this photo gallery, see one class of deputies as they learn suicide prevention techniques.