Officers Graduate from CIT Program

Meridian, Mississippi The fifth group of law enforcement officers graduated from the East Mississippi Crisis Intervention Training program Friday.

The officers have been training in this forty hour course throughout the week. The course now certifies them to take a person who may be experiencing a mental health crisis to an assessment center so that the person can receive proper treatment. Officers from across the state graduated from this course.

"It's our hope over the next few years that as we become a training ground, we will be able to take officers from other jurisdictions, provide them with the training they need so that they can help people who are in a mental health crisis," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

Twenty officers graduated Friday. The course is taught by law enforcement officers along with mental health professionals.