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JDCSO officers complete training

Three officers from the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department
have recently completed CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training.
Crisis Intervention Teams consist of partnerships between mental
health professionals, law enforcement officers, court administrators,
advocacy groups and families of those challenged with mental illness.
Denise Jackson, Terrance Cooley and Michael Davis completed a
comprehensive 40-hour CIT course, emphasizing an appreciation for the
characteristics of mental illness and the appropriate ways to calm
individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Each jail diversion encounter provides appropriate treatment to the
vulnerable people who need it, and the counties and cities save
significant amounts of money.
Once someone in a crisis is stabilized and receiving correct
medications, they are no longer a threat to themselves and others.
The course was held at the Laurel Training Facility and administered
by Pine Belt Mental Health Resources.