News Story


CIT Officer of the Year
10/29/2015 9:35:00 PM


News Story


Nature of Incident:            CIT Officer of the Year


Location:                            Ventura City Hall Council Chambers


Date & Time:                     October 21, 2015 / 1400


Unit Responsible:             Crisis Intervention Team



The Ventura County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is pleased to announce the 2015 'CIT Officer of the Year' recipient.


The 2015 CIT Officer of the year award was presented to Deputy Chris Love, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.  Chris attended the CIT Academy in 2004, is a current CIT Instructor, and is a 21 year veteran of Law Enforcement. Chris has a calm and compassionate demeanor when working with people in crisis.  His skills learned through Crisis Intervention Team training and his many years of experience help to make contacts with individuals in crisis safer for all involved.  Chris currently is assigned as a patrol deputy, at the Moorpark Police Department.


Chris was selected by a panel that included a Behavioral Health member (VCBH), a member from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training provides law enforcement techniques in active listening, de-escalating a crisis, and providing appropriate community resources as needed.  CIT training is used in domestic situations and contacts with troubled youth, elderly citizens, and the general public.  CIT skills are used to de-escalate crisis situations, not diagnose mental illness in the consumer law enforcement comes in contact with. The successful implementation of the CIT Program in Ventura County has resulted in the reduction of risks and injuries to citizens and officers alike, resulting in increased public support and confidence in law enforcement.   The original goal in 2001 was to train 20% of law enforcement.  Currently 72% of Ventura County Law Enforcement is CIT trained, and 1,313 law enforcement personnel have completed the 40 hour CIT Academy since 2001.


The names of other nominees for this year's award are as follows:  Officer Misty Henderson (Ventura PD), Officer Martin Perez (Oxnard PD),  Senior Officer Larry Johnson (Santa Paula PD), Officer Matt Harbin (Port Hueneme PD), Officer Don Anderson (Simi Valley PD), Deputy Probation Officer Brenda Ramirez (Ventura County Probation Agency), Deputy Greg Lindsay (VCSO-Ojai PD), Deputy Chandra Pugh (VCSO-Camarillo PD), and Deputy Jennifer Bowie (VCSO-Thousand Oaks PD).



Prepared by:  Sergeant John M. Franchi


Media Release Date:    October 29, 2015


Follow-Up Contact: / 805-947-9363


Approved by:       Captain Cory Rubright