Southside Community Services Board recently hosted its second crisis intervention training (CIT) - core training for local police departments, sheriff’s departments, 911 operators, magistrates, state police and department of correction personnel.
CIT Training is an intensive weeklong course taught by mental health professionals and law enforcement instructors in an experiential environment to help attendees better interact with individuals in mental health crisis.
Having certified CIT officers in the local communities has reduced the number of individuals in crisis from being arrested and increased the number of individuals being offered mental health services.
Southside Community Services Board acknowledged the individuals who attended for their dedication to their communities and offered thanks for their servitude.
This term’s graduating class included:
Katie Wallace – District 10 magistrate; Robert Blakley -Virginia State Police; Ryan Vaughan - Virginia State Police; Mark Claiborne- Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office; Scott Edmonds - Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office; Paul Jones, James Crawford and Andrew Towery - South Hill Police Department; Lt. Brad Evans, Dep. Colin Green and Capt. Dwayne Jones - Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office; Devon Clary - Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office- E911 director; Richard Puryear - Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office - 911 operator; Joy Seward - Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office - E911 chief of operations; Tonya Davis, Trevor Leath and Mark Narron - Halifax County E911- dispatchers; and Ryan McGuire - South Boston Police Department.
The next class is scheduled to take place in November.