Congratulations to the newest graduates of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), they successfully completed a 5 day, 40 hour course.

CIT is specialized police curriculum that aims to reduce the risk of serious injury or death during an emergency interaction between persons with mental illness and police officers. It also serves to help keep individuals with mental illness out of jail and in treatment, where they can get back on the road to recovery from their illness. CIT programs further help to reduce arrests while simultaneously increasing the likelihood that individuals will receive appropriate follow-up mental health services from local providers.

During the course of instruction, officers were given instruction in several areas including but not limited to:

• Proper communications strategies for dealing with individuals suffering from mental illness

• Indicators of emotional distress

• Substance abuse and co-occurring disorders

• Mental illness & Recovery

• Psychotic Disorders

• Trauma & PTSD

• Developmental Disabilities

• Autism Awareness

• Dementia

• Scenario based training modules

• Local mental health community resources

The Oneida County Department of Mental Health provided lunch for the training each day.

Many thanks to the Instructors: Sgt. John Abel UPD, Kristin Sauerbier LCSW, Neighborhood Center, Lt. Howard Brodt UPD & PO Marissa Vomer

Oneida County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Jeffrey Kistner

Deputy Daniel Walts

Utica Police Department:

PO Angelo Marroccolo

PO Andrew Taft

PO Andrew Citriniti

PO Sanel Beslic

PO Myles Felton

PO Matthew Cross

PO Kyle Kuty

New Hartford Police Department

PO Adam Sardina

PO Brett Grabeldinger

Whitesboro Police Department:

PO Jordan Scerbo

PO Nicholas Ruszkowski

Camden Police Department

PO Daniel Muha