Citing pending litigation, Gilbert Police Chief Mike Soelberg declined to comment as it pertains to specifics of the Kinnard case, but says crisis intervention is not always an easy task for officers. Crisis intervention often involves dealing with those who have a mental health issue.
"We're not looking to have our officers diagnose people," Soelberg said. "We're trying to get people safe, and calmed down, and get them the appropriate treatment that they need."
Soelberg says 42% of his patrol staff is trained in crisis intervention, a number he would like to see improve to 100% within the next three years.
According to department policy, CIT officers may respond to calls where a person "poses a risk to themselves or others," such as threatening or attempting suicide.
"I wouldn't say it's black or white or gray," Soelberg said of the policy. "It's got to be designed to accommodate numerous situations, different factors, what are the options for that person?"
Per the policy, this requires an officer to believe that as a result of a suspected mental disorder, the person is a danger to either himself/herself or others.
"It's no different than me arresting someone because I have probable cause to show you committed a crime," Soelberg said. "I've got to have essentially that same amount of information in order to take someone and force them to go seek treatment, and if I don't have that, then I can't take you."
While not speaking specifically to the February shooting, when asked if he is satisfied with the performance of all of his CIT officers, Chief Soelberg said, "I am."
An internal investigation into the Kinnard case is ongoing.