Lincolnton Police and Partners Continue Strong Relationship to Strengthen our Communities
Lincolnton, NC – On May 10, 2016, 16 law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, and emergency medical technicians graduated from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training coordinated by Partners Health Management.
With this training, the Lincolnton Police Department successfully completed its goal to have all 31 full-time police officers, four auxiliary officers, and Chief Rodney Jordan graduate from Crisis Intervention Team Training.
“We get very little training on these issues. None that I can think of,” said Chief Jordan. “I decided this was something all my officers needed. Many were reluctant at first, but every class came back with a whole different attitude. The new resources and knowledge gave them a whole new perspective. We are proud to attain this goal.”
Participants from Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Lincolnton Police Department, Lincolnton Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Lincoln County Probation and Parole completed the forty-hour training. On hand to congratulate the graduates were Ed Hatley, Mayor of Lincolnton; Deputy Director Kim Green, Lincoln County EMS; Assistant Judicial District Manager Bryan Branch, Lincoln County Probation and Parole; Captain Shea Wilkinson, Gaston County Sheriff’s Office; and Andrew Schrag, Partners.
“We made a transition [in North Carolina] to start using the ‘least restrictive environment,’ but with these changes, money to handle them did not follow,” said Mayor Hatley. “Much of this burden has fallen to law enforcement, EMS, and probation. I commend the chief and all these graduates for their commitment to CIT and our community.”
The training curriculum teaches officers about a variety of mental illnesses, addictive diseases, and developmental disabilities. Participants receive specialized training in mental illness and crisis techniques and learn about treatment options available to help individuals receive timely care. Graduates also establish relationships between their agencies and community mental health organizations.
“We took an oath to serve and protect,” reflected Jordan. “Knowing how to deal with folks with mental illness or addiction is safer for us, and safer for them. And if we can avoid just one critical situation, it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Jordan.
In 2016 alone, more than 200 personnel from over 20 agencies graduated from Partners’ CIT training programs. This is the sixth training in Lincoln County. If you or your organization are interested in attending a Crisis Intervention Team Training, or would like to know more about it, please contact Kimberly Rhoads, Partners’ System of Care Director, at KRhoads@partnersbhm.org or 828-323-8049.