Inaugural CIT training held in Hoke County
Hoke County sponsored its first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training August 6-10, 2018. In attendance were 17 officers and first responders from Cape Fear Emergency Medical Services, Sandhills Community College Police Department, Raeford Police Department, Pinehurst Police Department and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office (including Rocky, a K-9 Officer with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office). The students participated in 40 hours of instruction, including topics such as mental illness, substance use, child and adolescent behavioral health, community site visits, hearing voices exercises, role-playing activities, trauma instruction and first responder mental health. The group also heard from panels of individuals and families with lived experiences. Lt. Jennifer Lewis from the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office served as the host officer. The inaugural CIT class in Hoke County was the result of a partnership between the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, Sandhills Community College-Hoke Campus, local chapters of NAMI, Therapeutic Alternatives, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, FirstHealth, Hoke County Emergency Medical Services, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Sandhills Center. Photo, below, by George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.