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University Police Join Durham’s Crisis Intervention Team


Three NCCU police officers completed a 40-hour course of specialized training in mental illness and crisis intervention techniques offered by the Durham Police Department in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The officers are now part of the Durham area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Officers graduating from the CIT program have completed training in specialized areas including: suicide risk assessment and intervention; law enforcement de-escalation techniques; homeless population and mental illness; developmental disabilities (including autism) and special concerns with adolescents.

NCCU CIT officers’ mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to students, faculty and staff with mental illness along with their family and friends. The officers will work with other area law enforcement agencies, mental health providers and community partnerships to address mental illness issues.

“Officer Ben Coleman, Officer Jason Bennett and Sergeant Lateria Scott are to be commended for their accomplishment,” said Tim Bellamy, NCCU police chief. “They join six other NCCU officers who have received this specialized training. It is important that every uniformed officer and telecommunicator receive training in this specialized field.”

Published: Monday, July 02, 2012
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