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Public Release – GARLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (Facebook)

Arkansas Crisis Intervention Training Team Graduates Law Enforcement Officers

Sheriff McCormick is pleased to announce that we had two deputies attend and graduate this CIT training. Deputy Matthew Cogburn (Mt. Pine SRO), and Deputy Justin Butcher (Ft. Lake SRO). Sheriff McCormick would like to say a special thank you to the administration at both Mt. Pine and Ft. Lake School Districts for allowing these deputies to take the week away from school to attend this critical training.

On September 25th 2017, the Arkansas Crisis Intervention Training Team consisting of members from NAMI Arkansas, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Little Rock Police Department, North Little Rock Police Department, as well as the Veterans Administration and many community Mental Health and Legal Professionals, launched the first of five initial statewide forty hour classes to train law enforcement officers from around the state as Crisis Intervention Team members in compliance with ACT 423, which passed the last legislative session. These trainings began in Little Rock in partnership with the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, and was hosted by the Criminal Justice Institute, with training to follow across the state.

This training will allow officers to better address the needs and risks of vulnerable, and in crisis, individuals with mental health conditions, while obtaining them needed help via the newly introduced Crisis Stabilization Units in Pulaski, Sebastian, Craighead, and Washington Counties. Using the established Memphis Model of Crisis Intervention, these officers will join the approximately fifty central Arkansas Officers that began the training in 2015. It is expected that this training will increase safety while building trust between both officers and the citizens they serve.