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CIT Officer of the Year
3/2/2017 8:19:00 AM


Nature of Incident:            CIT Officer of the Year


Location:                            Ventura County Behavior Health Williams Building


Date & Time:                     March 1, 2017 / 1200


Unit Responsible:              Crisis Intervention Team




The Ventura County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is pleased to announce the 2016 'CIT Officer of the Year' recipient.


The 2016 CIT Officer of the year award was presented to Deputy Chandra Pugh, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.  Chandra attended the CIT Academy in 2013, is a Field Training Officer, and is a 23 year veteran of Law Enforcement. Chandra is calm and compassionate as she speaks with people in crisis. Chandra's excellent intervention skills make it safer for the individual in crisis. Chandra currently works as a patrol deputy, assigned to the Camarillo Police Department.


Chandra 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 CIT Office.


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 to diagnose mental illness symptoms of the party law enforcement comes in contact with. The successful implementation of the CIT Program in Ventura County has reduced risk of 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 1509 law enforcement employees have completed Ventura County Law Enforcement's 40 hour CIT Academy since 2001.


The names of the nominees for this year's award were:  Deputy Chandra Pugh (VCSO-Camarillo PD), Officer Jeff Wojnarowski (Ventura PD), Officer Angelica Duran (Oxnard PD), Officer Dan McCarthy (Santa Paula PD), Officer Ronald Davis (Port Hueneme PD), Officer Don Anderson (Simi Valley PD), Deputy Gabriel Viesca (VCSO-Fillmore PD), and Senior Deputy Michael Schultz (VCSO-Thousand Oaks PD).


An additional award recognized the Port Hueneme Police Department for having 100% of their officers CIT trained.



Prepared by:  Sergeant John M. Franchi


Media Release Date:    March 1, 2017


Follow-Up Contact: / 805-947-9363


Approved by:      Captain Cory Rubright