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Area Law Enforcement, Mental Health Professional CIT Certified
By Angie Talken, CT 07 19 19

Following a week of classes ending Friday, July 19, 2019, each dispatcher and officer with the Chillicothe Police Department is now Crisis Intervention Team or CIT certified. Chillicothe Police Department Detective Whitney Murdock said there were 21 area law enforcement, mental health professionals and children's advocates on hand for the first-ever training held in Chillicothe and hosted by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services (CDES). the 40-hour training ended today with a half-day of live scenario training, Murdock said. Murdock said CIT offers class attendees to build on skills they have and use every day. "De-escalation, actual listening and the ability to connect people with resources they need, when they need it are very effective with pulling people out of a crisis," she said. "These are skills we all have, these trainings just allow us to build on those."


Chillicothe Police Department Police Cheif Jon Maples addresses the CIT class during part of the week-long training. Angie Talken / CT Photo

According to a press release, Sheriff Steve Cox said, "We are very pleased to be a big part in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training this week in Chillicothe." Sheriff Steve Cox noted the training is beneficial for members of law enforcement and the entire community. "CIT training gives officers a significant amount of education and training in de-escalation, intervention in suicidal persons, youth issues, aging matters, mental health interventions, helping with all types of disorders and addictions, and many other areas of need," he said. "CIT gives officers a great deal of insight on not only working with people in our community but helping them in the best ways possible. CIT program builds relations in our communities, reduces crime, and helps to minimize other problems for people and their families."

Chillicothe and Livingston County law enforcement agencies and Community Health Liason, Kayce Riggle, have joined together to create a local CIT Council, which will work to continue training and education for a wide variety of situations, Murdock said. "It only takes one-week-long training to be CIT certified, but there are off branches of additional CIT trainings we hope to bring to the community that covers addiction, veterans issues, children," she said.

Community members interested in donating to the council or learning more about CIT trainings should contact Murdock, Riggle or LCSO Chief Deputy Michael Claypole.

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