Smithfield Herald

CIT completes fifth academy

Graduates of the latest Crisis Intervention Team training are, from left: front row – Gary Whitman, Benson police; Jamie Jackson, Johnston EMS; Robbie Raetz, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office; and Michael Joseph, East Carolina University Police; middle row – Alice O’Neal, Johnston County Mental Health Center; Brittany Messer, EMS; Felix Moody, EMS; Billy Langston, EMS; and Jimmy Bracy, Murfreesboro police; and back row – Jeffery Poole, EMS; Joey Harrell Jr., Sheriff’s Office; Joseph Benson, Sheriff’s Office; and Andy Jernigan, Clayton police.
Graduates of the latest Crisis Intervention Team training are, from left: front row – Gary Whitman, Benson police; Jamie Jackson, Johnston EMS; Robbie Raetz, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office; and Michael Joseph, East Carolina University Police; middle row – Alice O’Neal, Johnston County Mental Health Center; Brittany Messer, EMS; Felix Moody, EMS; Billy Langston, EMS; and Jimmy Bracy, Murfreesboro police; and back row – Jeffery Poole, EMS; Joey Harrell Jr., Sheriff’s Office; Joseph Benson, Sheriff’s Office; and Andy Jernigan, Clayton police. JOHNSTON COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER

The Johnston County Mental Health Center and Johnston Community College have completed the fifth Crisis Intervention Team training academy.

CIT is a training and response program for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.

CIT aims to provide supportive measures and an on-the-job-tool that law enforcement can use to enhance and maintain officer, consumer and public safety. Another goal is to provide intervention strategies and alternatives to help individuals with mental illness get the appropriate care.

Personnel from the following agencies have completed the training: the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Smithfield Police, Clayton Police, Benson Police, Selma Police, Johnston Health, Johnston County Emergency Medical Services, the Mental Health Association of Johnston County and Adult Community Corrections.

For more information about CIT, call Charlene Meyers of the Johnston County Mental Health Center at 919-989-5575.

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