About Crisis Intervention Team Training
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. The CIT program is built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Nationwide statistics report 10% of the calls an officer goes on involves someone with a mental illness. Our specialized CIT Training includes crisis intervention with an emphasis on understanding mental illness and how to de-escalate crisis situations.
Topics covered include introductions to psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse, risk assessment, suicide prevention, tactical safety and children with emotional problems and mental illness. During the week, officers attend class, experience virtual hallucinations and receive actual experience in the community with social workers.
This patrol-oriented, 40-hour training course is provided annually at no cost to law enforcement personnel from Wayne and Holmes Counties, including police officers, sheriff deputies, parole, probation and correction officers and dispatchers. More than one hundred sixty law enforcement personnel throughout Wayne and Holmes Counties have taken this training since 2005. Funding is provided by support from NAMI Ohio, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties, our Walk for Mental Wellness, Commercial Savings Bank, and private donations.
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties CIT Advisory Council
Deputy Rob Ecker
Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger
Wooster Police Department
Cindy Kuhl, MA, LPCC
Wayne Co Court of Common Pleas
Patrolman Joshua Miller
Wooster Police Department
Assistant Director of 911 and Dispatch Services
Wayne County Justice Center Commications Divison
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties
Helen Walkerly, LISW-S
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties
Dave Williams, LSW
Chief Probation Officer
Holmes County Juvenile Court
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties “CIT Officer of the Year” Winners
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties presents a CIT Officer of the Year Award for Wayne & Holmes Counties to a deserving patrolman who has completed the 40-hour CIT Training, and has demonstrated the values of the Crisis Intervention Team program.
The award is presented at the Annual Gathering of NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties in August.
Nominations may be received from local police officers, social workers, case managers, or family members to nominate the CIT officer who has executed the mission of the CIT program, has used supportive law enforcement intervention in dealing with individuals affected by mental illness, and/or has performed a meritorious act related to the principals of CIT.
2012: Patrolman Kris Conwill, Wooster Police Department
2013: Patrolman Justin Estill, Millersburg Police Department
2014: Patrolman Joshua Miller, Wooster Police Department
2015: Patrolman Jerome Fatzinger, Wooster Police Department
2016: Sergeant Cory Seiler, Orrville Police Department
2017: Patrolman John Ruggeri, Wooster Police Department
2018: Deputy Robert Ecker, Wayne County Sheriff's Office
2012 Officer Chad P. Stanton of the Ohio State University Police Department, Wooster campus, left, and Kristopher Conwill, a former Sergeant with Wooster Police Department, received the Officer of the Year award in 2012.
2013 – Officer Justin Estill of Millersburg Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2013. He is standing with Dave Williams, Chief Probation Officer, Holmes County Juvenile Court, who nominated him.
2014 - Officer Joshua Miller of Wooster Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2014. Shown with Capt. Scott Rotolo.
2015 - Officer Jerome Fatzinger of Wooster Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2015. Shown with Helen Walkerly of NAMI Wayne and Holmes County.
2016 - Officer Cory Seiler of Orrville Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2016. Shown with Helen Walkerly of NAMI Wayne and Holmes County.
2017 - Officer John Ruggeri of Wooster Police Department, received the CIT Officer of the Year Award in 2017. Shown with Helen Walkerly of NAMI Wayne and Holmes County.
2018 - Deputy Robert Ecker of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, received the CIT Officer of the Year award in 2018. Shown with Sheriff Travis Hutchinson.
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Thank you to the local agencies/businesses that have helped to support our CIT program.
Commercial & Savings Bank
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Wayne & Holmes Counties
DEPARTMENTS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN CIT TRAINING IN WAYNE AND HOLMES COUNTIES
APPLE CREEK POLICE DEPARTMENT
NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
COLLEGE OF WOOSTER SECURITY
CRESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
DALTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
DISPATCH WAYNE COUNTY
DOYLESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
GLENMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT
HOLMES COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT
HOLMES COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENT
HOLMES COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
HOLMES COUNTY CORRECTIONS
LOUDONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
MANSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDWAY DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
MILLERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
ORRVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
RITTMAN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
RITTMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
SHREVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SMITHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
STATE HIGHWAY PATROL MANSFIELD
WAYNE COUNTY PROBATION
WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
WAYNE COUNTY CORRECTIONS
WEST SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT
WOOSTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
WOOSTER POLICE DEPARTMENT