Sept. 7, 2022

Pete & Scott: Crisis Intervention Team | S2 E36

Crisis Intervention Team coordinator Peter Elste works closely with Crisis Intervention Clinician Scott Alvord on the Danbury Police Crisis Intervention Team. Together, they respond to calls involving mental and behavioral issues to help connect people to available services.


As a CIT Coordinator, Officer Peter Elste works closely with Crisis Intervention Clinician Scott Alvord on the Danbury Police Crisis Intervention Team. Together, they respond to calls involving mental and behavioral issues to help connect people to available services.

In this episode Pete and Scott speak about Community Response and their work as a Crisis Intervention Team.  They share what a “typical” CIT shift looks like, the challenges of getting mental health training within law enforcement, and how policing has changed with regards to mental health.

Peter Elste is currently serving with the Danbury Police Department where he is a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, and a member of the Emergency Services Unit and Peer Support Team.

Scott Alvord, LCSW is an experienced therapist and clinical supervisor. Scott works with the Crisis Intervention Teams for two local Police Departments as their Crisis Intervention Clinician.

Peter Elste Profile Photo

Peter Elste

Law Enforcement Officer | Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator | FTO

Peter Elste has been a Police Officer for 21 years. He started his career working four years with the NYPD 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn. During his short time with NYPD, he was part of the Street Narcotics Unit and Community Conditions Unit.
Pete is currently serving with the Danbury Police Department where he is a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, and a member of the Emergency Services Unit and Peer Support Team.
Pete also serves on the Executive Board of Responder Wellness Inc., a non-profit organization that works to support First Responders in the State of Connecticut.

Scott Alvord, LCSW Profile Photo

Scott Alvord, LCSW

LCSW / Clinical Supervisor / Mental Health Clinician

Scott Alvord is an experienced therapist and clinical supervisor. Scott works with the Crisis Intervention Teams for two local Police Departments as their Crisis Intervention Clinician.

Scott has over a decade of experience in IOP (Intensive Outpatient Programs) PHP (Partial hospitalization programs), and persistent mental health diagnosis support and care. Scott also currently runs a private practice.