Madison Co. Law Enforcement Grows with CIT Training

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is expanding its crisis intervention training.

On Friday, the sheriff’s department partnered with mental health and addictions professionals to complete their crisis intervention training.

Local officers and various departments in West Tennessee completed 40 hours of training. This program aims to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools to manage crisis situations in the field.

“I feel like mental health is something that’s been on the back burner for a while, but I feel like the State of Tennessee is really moving forward to prioritize the mental health and help our officers de-escalate situations to reduce the use of force,” said Dillon Wooley, Madison County Sheriff’s Office violent crime investigator and CIT program coordinator.

The trainees participated in various de-escalation exercises, listened to real-life stories of people suffering from PTSD, anxiety and various mental disorders, and participated in role-playing exercises.

“Know that we are here to help you when needed. You can call and let us know if this is a mental distress situation or something so we can better accommodate and just help you. We’re here to help,” said Capt. Tom Grant of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and CIT Coordinator.

At Friday’s CIT graduation, Miss Volunteer America Alexa Knutzen was a special guest speaker. She was asked to support the men and women who completed the program and graduated. She expressed her appreciation for law enforcement and the CIT program.

“It’s really great to see them here today, coming together and brainstorming ideas and providing the tools to make our community safer. So really have patience and know that they are always on your side,” Knutzen said.

They were 30 students to have graduated on Friday. CIT training is done about five to six times a year.

You can find out more about the trainings here.

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