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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

Betty Riggs
Assistant Director of 911 and Dispatch Services
Wayne County Justice Center Commications Divison

Dawn Ross
NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties

Helen Walkerly, LISW-S
Executive Director
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.

CIT CLASSES

CIT 2011

Class of 2011

CIT 2012

Class of 2012

CIT 2013

Class of 2013

CIT 2014

Class of 2014

CIT 2015

Class of 2015

CIT 2016

Class of 2016

CIT 2017

Class of 2017

CIT 2018

Class of 2018

 

CIT SUPPORTERS


 

Thank you to the local agencies/businesses that have helped to support our CIT program.

NAMI Ohio
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