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14-162 All Set For Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Graduation And 15th Anniversary Celebration

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Crime Prevention and Community Awareness

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County, Florida (NAMI)

Major Sam Cochran (Retired) Memphis Police Department; Founder of CIT Memphis in 1988

John Morroni, County Commissioner

35 Graduates from:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
St. Petersburg Police Department
Largo Police Department
Pinellas Park Police Department
Kenneth City Police Department
Indian Shores Police Department
USF St. Petersburg
Pinellas County School Board
Florida Highway Patrol

All is set for the graduation ceremony and 15th anniversary celebration of the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

The ceremony and celebration is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The event will be held at Suncoast Hospice located at 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard in Clearwater.

35 individuals representing nine Pinellas County agencies will graduate from the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program on Friday June 27th, 2014. The graduation coincides with the 15th anniversary of the establishment of CIT in Pinellas County.

The celebration features Major Sam Cochran (Retired), Memphis Police Department, and the Founder of CIT in Memphis in 1988. County Commissioner John Morroni will award certificates to the graduating class.

In 1999, Pinellas County Mental Health/Substance Abuse Coalition conducted the first CIT course in Florida and has been instrumental in promoting the program throughout the state.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a specialized training and practice for first-responder law enforcement officers in how to properly and safely handle situations involving persons with mental illness. The cornerstone of CIT is a 40-hour course taught, free of charge to the community, by mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, persons with a mental illness diagnosis and advocates.

The training includes essential information about mental illnesses and how to recognize it; information about the local mental health system and state laws; de-escalation skills; and, the opportunity to learn first-hand from consumers and family members about their experiences.

Pinellas County is proudly honoring the more than 1,300 CIT Law Enforcement Graduates.

Media is invited to cover. For additional information contact the Sheriff’s Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.

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