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CIT News Briefs - 2020-Present

CIT News Briefs - 2020-Present

For more information or to request Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in your community, please contact Kellie Moran at 336-389-6132 -- or -- Robert Nelson at 910-673-7148. Both are Justice Systems Clinical Liaisons for Sandhills Center. They also may be reached by calling toll-free 1-800-256-2452.

For archived CIT news briefs (2016-2019), click here.


Moore County hosts September 2021 CIT class

Crisis Intervention Team training was held in Moore County during the week of September 13, 2021. Host officer for the 40-hour class was Sgt. Todd Maness of the Moore County Sheriff's Office. Participants were from FirstHealth of the Carolinas Security, the Moore County Sheriff's Office, the Aberdeen Police Department and the Greensboro Police Department. CIT in Moore County is a partnership between Sandhills Community College, NAMI-Moore County, the Moore County Sheriff's Office, Moore County Schools, Aberdeen Police Department, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, and Sandhills Center. Photo credit: George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Above: Moore County CIT graduates -- September 2021


Lee County is site of Advanced CIT class

The Sanford Police Department hosted an Advanced Crisis Intervention Team training class on August 10, 2021, at Central Carolina Community College. Capt. Greg Deck of the Sanford Police Department served as host officer. The detailed training covered advanced topics including responding to military veterans in crisis, suicide intervention and self care for first responders. Commissioner Kirk Smith opened the class and presented Capt. Deck with a certificate of appreciation for the many years he has served as CIT host officer in Lee County. Students came from the Sanford Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Dunn Police Department, Harnett County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Probation and Parole. CIT in Lee County is a partnership of the Sanford Police Department; NAMI Cumberland, Harnett and Lee; the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Therapeutic Alternatives; Central Carolina Hospital; and Sandhills Center. Photo credits: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Capt. Greg Deck (above, right) is honored by Lee County Commissioner Kirk Smith during the August 2021 Lee County Advanced CIT training course.

Above: Lee County Advanced CIT training graduates from the Sanford Police Department -- August 2021

Above: Lee County Advanced CIT training graduates from the Lee County Sheriff's Office -- August 2021

Above: Lee County Advanced CIT training graduates from the Dunn Police Department -- August 2021

Above: Lee County Advanced CIT training graduates from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Probation and Parole -- August 2021

Above: Lee County Advanced CIT training graduates from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office - August 2021


CIT Training held in Anson County in August

Sandhills Center is proud to have cosponsored Crisis Intervention Team Training in Anson County during the week of August 23, 2021. Fourteen members of several law enforcement agencies and Anson and surrounding counties graduated from the 40-hour training program, held at South Piedmont Community College in Wadesboro. Participants were officers and deputies representing the Anson County Sheriff's Office, Monroe Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Probation and Parole, the Union County Sheriff's Office and the Wadesboro Police Department. Lt. Steven Kelly of the Wadesboro Police Department served as host officer. Anson County CIT is cosponsored through a partnership between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Moore County, Daymark Recovery Services, Atrium Health, Therapeutic Alternatives, South Piedmont Community College and the Wadesboro Police Department. Photo credit: George E. Reynolds Jr., NAMI-Moore County.

Anson County CIT graduating class

(Above) Anson County CIT graduates - July 2021


Montgomery County hosts CIT training

During the week of July 26, 2021, Montgomery County hosted Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for 15 law enforcement officers and other first responders. CIT is a rigorous 40-hour class that teaches first responders skills they need when working with individuals who are experiencing mental illness or other behavioral health problems. Students represented FirstHealth Emergency Medical Services, FirstHealth Security, the Greensboro Police Department, Star Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Capt. James Kerney of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office served as host officer. CIT in Montgomery County is cosponsored by Sandhills Center, Daymark Recovery Services, Therapeutic Alternatives, FirstHealth, Montgomery Community College, NAMI-Moore County, and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Photo credit: Stacy Kerney.

(Above) Montgomery County CIT graduates - July 2021


CIT training held in Harnett County

Harnett County hosted Crisis Intervention Team training during the week of June 21-25, 2021. Twenty-one officers participated, representing the Harnett County Sheriff's Office, Dunn Police Department and the North Carolina State Capital Police Department. Lt. Scott Jeffries of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office served as host officer. CIT training in Harnett County is a partnership of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office, the Dunn Police Department, Harnett County Emergency Medical Services, Central Carolina Community College, Daymark Recovery Services, Good Hope Hospital, Therapeutic Alternatives - Mobile Crisis, Sandhills Center and NAMI-Cumberland, Harnett, Lee. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center.

(Above) Harnett County Sheriff's Office CIT graduates - June 2021


CIT class held for campus law enforcement officers throughout NC

In conjunction with the University of North Carolina System, Sandhills Center, the NC Department of Public Safety Samarcand Training Academy, Sandhills Community College and NAMI-Moore County offered Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training June 7-11, 2021, for university police from across the state. The training was held at the Samarcand Training Academy in Moore County. There were 20 officers representing police departments from Western Carolina University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University, Elizabeth City State University and NC Central University. Representatives from the Greensboro Police Department also participated. Capt. S.C. Dedona and Sgt. R. Goins of the UNC Greensboro Police Department served as host officers. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Above: UNC System CIT graduates - June 2021


Guilford County hosts CIT Training in May 2021

Guilford County hosted its third Crisis Intervention Team training class of the year May 24-28, 2021. There were 24 students who graduated, representing area agencies including the Alamance County Sheriff's Office, High Point Park Rangers, NC A&T State University Campus Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, the NC Department of Public Safety - Probation and Parole, Stokes County Sheriff's Office, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, and the Asheboro Police Department. CIT training in Guilford County is cosponsored by Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford and the Greensboro Police Department. Lt. Holly Pate of the Greensboro Police Department served as host officer.  Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Guilford CIT Graduates May 2021

Above: Guilford County CIT graduates -- May 2021


CIT training held in Guilford County

Sandhills Center cosponsored Crisis Intervention (CIT) team training in Guilford County April 26-30, 2021. This was the second Guilford County CIT training program of 2021. There were 21 participants representing nine law enforcement agencies including the Asheboro Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff's Office, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, Chapel Hill Police Department, Eden Police Department, Jones County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina A&T State University Police Department, NC Department of Public Safety-Probation and Parole, and the Greensboro Police Department. Lt. Holly Pate of the Greensboro PD served as host officer. Guilford County CIT is made possible by a partnership between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford, the Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and Guilford Technical Community College. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center.

Above: Guilford County CIT graduates - April 2021


Sandhills Center, community partners host UNC System CIT training

Sandhills Center -- in conjunction with the University of North Carolina System, the NC Department of Public Safety Samarcand Training Academy, Sandhills Community College, and NAMI-Moore County -- recently held Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for university police from across the state. The training was held March 15-19, 2021, at the Samarcand Training Academy in Moore County. In attendance were 20 officers representing campus police departments from Western Carolina University, UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State University, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Fayetteville State University, Winston-Salem State University and Elizabeth City State University. Sgt. Michelle Goins and Capt. S.C. Dedona, both of the UNC Greensboro Police Department, served as host officers. This 32-hour class was made possible through a partnership Sandhills Center forged with other state Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations in North Carolina including Alliance Health, Vaya Health, Cardinal Innovations, Trillium Health and Eastpointe. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Above: UNC System CIT training graduates -- March 2021


Sandhills Center hosts first CIT training class of 2021

Guilford County was the site of the Sandhills Center region's first Crisis Intervention Team training class of 2021, held the week of February 15-19. Lt. Holly Pate of the Greensboro Police Department served as host officer, and 21 participants represented the following agencies: Greensboro PD, Eden PD, Asheboro PD, Chapel Hill PD, Whiteville PD, High Point PD, the North Carolina Deparment of Public Safety - Probation and Parole, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office, Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, and the NC State Park Rangers. Guilford County CIT training is a partnership between Sandhills Center, NAMI Guilford, Greensboro PD, High Point PD, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and Guilford Technical Community College.  Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Above: Guilford County CIT graduates - February 2021


Sandhills Center publishes CIT training 2020 Year In Review

Sandhills Center has published a report that highlights the year of Crisis Intervention Team training in our region. You can read it here.


Randolph County is site of final CIT training class for 2020

During the week of Nov. 16, 2020, in Randolph County, Sandhills Center cohosted the final Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training class of the year. CIT is sponsored by Sandhills Center in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Randolph Community College and NAMI. Scotty Kidd with the NC Department of Public Safety Community Corrections served as host officer. The 40-hour class graduated 25 participants, representing the Asheboro Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Department of Public Safety Community Corrections and Randolph County 911. Photo credits: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center 

Below: Randolph County CIT graduates -- November 2020

Asheboro Police Department

Greensboro Police Department

High Point Police Department

Randolph County 911

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Community Corrections (Randolph County)


Moore County CIT Training held in November 2020

Moore County held its second Crisis Intervention Team training class of 2020 during the week of November 2. Moore County CIT is supported through a partnership between Sandhills Center, the Moore County Sheriff's Office, Sandhills Community College, Moore County Emergency Medical Services, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and NAMI-Moore County. Host officers included Lt. Bryan Monroe and Sgt. Todd Maness of the Moore County Sheriff's Office and Joseph Wincklhofer of Moore County EMS. Eleven first responders completed the 40-hour training course. Participants included representatives of the Pinehurst Police Department, Moore County Schools Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Asheboro Police Department, First Health of the Carolinas and the NC Department of Public Safety. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Moore County CIT graduates - November 2020


Sandhills Center cosponsors CIT training in Guilford County

Guilford County held Crisis Intervention Team Training during the week of Oct. 5-9. Lt. Holly Pate of the Greensboro Police Department served as host officer for the 40-hour class. There were 21 students representing the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, High Point Police Department, Spencer Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, UNCG Police Department, NC A&T State University Police Department and the Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Police Department. CIT is a partnership between Sandhills Center, NAMI-Guilford, GTCC and the Greensboro Police Department. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Guilford County CIT graduates - October 2020


Moore County hosts CIT in September 2020

Moore County held its first CIT class of 2020 during the week of Sept. 14, 2020. Moore County CIT is supported through a partnership between Sandhills Center, the Moore County Sheriff's Office, Sandhills Community College, Moore County EMS, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and NAMI-Moore County. Host officers included Lt. Bryan Monroe and Sgt. Todd Maness of the Moore County Sheriff's Office. Twenty first responders completed the 40-hour training course. Participants included representatives of the Moore County Sheriff's Office (patrol, detention, investigations, animal control services and the 911 center), the Pinehurst Police Department, Moore County Schools Police Department, Holly Springs Police Department, Cape Fear Valley Mobile Integrated Health and the Rockfish Fire Department. Photo credit: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Moore County CIT graduates - August 2020


Sandhills Center cosponsors CIT training in Lee County

A 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training program was held at Central Carolina Community College during the week of August 17-21, 2020, with 21 officers graduating from the course. Participants represented the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Sanford Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Probation and Parole, and the Greensboro Police Department. Capt. Tony Hancox (Ret.) served as host officer. Lee County CIT is a partnership between Sandhills Center, Central Carolina Community College, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Sanford Police Department and Central Carolina Hospital. Photo credits: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Greensboro Police Department/Lee County CIT graduates - August 2020

Lee County Sheriff's Office/Lee County CIT graduates - August 2020

Sanford Police Department/Lee County CIT graduates - August 2020

NC DPS Probation & Parole/Lee County CIT graduate - August 2020


Randolph County hosts CIT training in August

During the week of August 3, 2020, Randolph County hosted Crisis Intervention Team training for 19 law enforcement officers. Students represented the North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Community Corrections, Asheboro Police Department, and Randolph County Sheriff's Office. Scotty Kidd of the Department of Public Safety Community Corrections served as host officer for the 40-hour class. CIT in Randolph County is cosponsored by Sandhills Center, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Randolph Community College.     Photo credits: Kellie Moran, Sandhills Center

Asheboro Police Department/Randolph County CIT graduates - August 2020

NC Department of Public Safety/ Randolph County CIT graduates - August 2020

Randolph County Sheriff's Office/Randolph County CIT graduates - August 2020


Sandhills Center resumes CIT training in the region

During the week of July 27, 2020, Montgomery County hosted 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Team training for 24 law enforcememnt officers and other first responders. Students represented the Asheboro Police Department, FirstHealth EMS, FirstHealth Security, the Greensboro Police Department, the Mt. Gilead Police Department, North Carolina Department of Public Safety Probation/Parole (Montgomery County) and the Troy Police Department. Det. Sgt. James Kerney of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office served as host officer. CIT in Montgomery County is cosponsored by Sandhills Center, Daymark Recovery Services, Therapeutic Alternatives, FirstHealth, Montgomery Community College, NAMI-Moore County and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. This was the first class of CIT to resume in the Sandhills Center region since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Many classes throughout the region have been postponed or rescheduled, however based on the success of the Montgomery County class, Sandhills Center is confident that instruction can continue successfully with the proper protocols in place. Instructors, participants and cosponsors took necessary safety and health precautions as prescribed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health authorites. Photo credit: Robert Nelson, Sandhills Center

Montgomery County CIT graduates - July 2020


CIT for EMS training held in Guilford County

Guilford County recently hosted the first CIT training of the new year for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. Nine Guilford County paramedics graduated from the 32-hour class that was held March 2-5 at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). Hosting partners included NAMI-Guilford, Guilford County EMS, GTCC and Sandhills Center. Katie Bowers, a paramedic with Guilford County EMS, served as the host officer. Additional CIT for EMS classes are planned for later this year in Guilford and Moore counties within the Sandhills Center region. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center

Guilford County EMS CIT training gratuates - March 2020


Guilford County hosts first CIT training of 2020

Guilford County held the first Crisis Intervention (CIT) training class for 2020 during the week of Feb. 17. This was one of the largest classes Sandhills Center has ever cosponsored. There were 27 graduates, representing the UNCG Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, NC A&T Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, Mayodan Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office, High Point Park Rangers, Guilford Metro 911, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Probation and Parole. This also is the first time park rangers have participated in CIT in the Sandhills Center region. Lt. Holly Pate of the Greensboro Police Department and Sgt. Beth Buskirk of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office served as host officers. CIT in Guilford County is a collaboration between the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, NAMI-Guilford, Guilford Technical Community College and Sandhills Center. Photo credit: Heather Odendahl, Sandhills Center

Guilford County CIT graduates - February 202