The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) was established in 1998 to assist the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in crisis situations. The CRT responds to homicides, suicides, death notification assistance, domestic violence support, officer involved shootings, infant deaths, and serious traffic collisions. With over 250 screened and highly-trained volunteers, the CRT works in collaboration with many city, county, and community-based organizations.


President's Volunteer Service Award
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, PVSA celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. Since 2015, the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team has been a Certifying Organization for this premier volunteer awards program. The CRT boasts over 100 PVSA award recipients who encourage citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.
U.S. Crisis Care is a nonprofit organization that helps communities support people affected by tragedies like suicides, fatal heart attacks, serious accidents, and homicides. Volunteers are there, on scene, to preserve a ray of hope and help survivors begin rebuilding healthy, fulfilling lives. U.S. Crisis care supports the CRT with administrative and training partnerships.
US Crisis Care Supports the CRT
The CRT is supported by a grant from Kaiser Permanente
Through a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team was able to provide resources to over 350 families and individuals in 2015. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to supporting direct services that improve the health and well-being of the communities within Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles’s geographic service area.


The Crisis Response Team is operated out of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety.

  • Mayor of the City of Los Angeles – Eric Garcetti
  • Deputy Mayor of Public Safety – Jeff Gorell
  • Director of the Crisis Response Team – Joseph Avalos