CIT Class of 2018

November 19, 2018

Portage County police officers received Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to help them handle incidents involving people experiencing mental distress. The CIT program trains officers to manage crisis situations for the safety of everyone involved and to learn about mental illness and substance use disorders.

Communication and de-escalation techniques, serious emotional problems in children, dual-diagnosis of mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction, alternatives to jail, information about local service providers, are all part of the 40-hour classroom and hands-on CIT training.

Every police department in the county and the Portage County Sheriff’s Department have staff trained through CIT. The program is sponsored nationally by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 




2018 CIT Class

Bottom row, left to right:
Ofc Brian Michaels, Heartland Behavioral Healthcare
Ofc Tony Tritto, Aurora Police
Ptl Thomas Moran, Ravenna Police
Sergeant David Firtik, Ravenna Police
Ofc Nathan Hoxworth, KSU Police
Haley Otto, Streetsboro Police Dispatcher
Ofc Terrance Duncan, KSU Police
Ofc Justin May, KSU Police
Ofc Joe Braskie, Mogadore Police

Top row, left to right:
Ofc Trevor White, KSU Police
Ptl Robert Putnam, Brimfield Police
Ptl Jerry Dumont, Brimfield
Ofc Luke Nelson, Streetsboro
Ptl Neal Hilbruner, Kent Police
Ptl Mike Carnahan, Kent Police
Micah Cheshire, Akron Children’s
Ptl Cris Coy, Ravenna Police
Ronald Dixon, Kent State Police
Sheriff David Doak
John Garrity, PhD

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The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide.


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