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1st Annual Ventura County Law Enforement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year Award 9/25/14
9/24/2014 9:30:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Crisis Intervention Team 'CIT Officer of the Year' Luncheon

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Location:

Camarillo Library, Community Room, 4101 East Las Posas

Date & Time:

Sept 25, 2014 / 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team

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Narrative:

The Ventura County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is excited to announce the first ever 'CIT Officer of the Year' awards luncheon.

 

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Ventura County Law Enforcement CIT is holding its first ever 'CIT Officer of the Year' ceremony, at the Camarillo Library. The Ventura County Law Enforcement CIT is a collaborative effort between all six local law enforcement agencies in Ventura County, mental health providers, social services, the medical community, and the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Within the past two years, Community College District Police, California State University Police, and the United States Navy Police have also joined the local CIT program.

 

The Ventura County Law Enforcement CIT was founded in 2001, by Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Scott Whitney, Ventura Police Department Commander Mark Stadler, Ventura Police Department Sergeant Jack Richards (Ret) and Dr. Michael Ferguson. Currently, over 72% of Patrol Officers are CIT trained in Ventura County, along with 77% of the Dispatchers.  Ventura County Law Enforcement's goal is to have 100% of all Patrol Officers CIT trained.

 

Documented positive effects of the CIT program include a decrease in use-of-force incidents and a low number of injuries to officers and mental health consumers. The result has been an increase in the non-violent de-escalation of crisis situations in the field.

 

Attendees at the first ever 'CIT Officer of the Year' luncheon include, Command Staff personnel from each of the six local law enforcement agencies, the four CIT founders, law enforcement nominees and dispatchers, as well as several community partners who have donated their time to make this program the success it is today.

 

 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant John M. Franchi #2549 / John.Franchi@ventura.org

 

Media Release Date:

Sept 24, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John M Franchi #2549

John.Franchi@ventura.org

805-388-5135

 

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar