UTICA — Crisis Intervention Team training gives police officers and other first responders training to help deal with people who may have a mental illness in a crisis situation. Graduates of the latest training sessions in Licking and Knox counties were honored at a lunch banquet in Utica, Tuesday.
The training academies are coordinated by the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties.
Knox County Sheriff David Barber is a strong supporter of CIT training and helped make the program available to Knox County responders. He went through the 40-hour training course the first year, in 2009. It has been offered in Licking County since 2004. A total of 50 individuals from Knox County have completed the training.