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CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT) HONORS AREA OFFICERS

CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT) HONORS AREA OFFICERS
The Southeast Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) will hold a CIT Officer Appreciation Banquet
on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Robinson Construction event hall in Perryville, MO.
This years CIT Appreciation Banquets keynote speaker is Ret. CHiP Sargeant Kevin
Briggs.

View the event details at: https://business.facebook.com/events/350098078751699. Briggs is
a retired California Highway Patrol officer who spent many years patrolling the Golden Gate
Bridge in San Francisco. While on patrol, he encountered numerous individuals clinging to life
by a thread – individuals who had lost hope and could see no way out of their current situation
- ready to jump off the bridge to what they assumed was a sudden death and ending of their
pain and hopelessness.
Briggs, through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate ability of “listening
to understand” encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to either not go over the
bridge’s rail or come back to solid ground from where they had been standing precariously out
on the chord of the bridge and start a new chapter in their life. These challenging, but
rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
Come hear from Kevin at our event. We're very excited to have him on board!
CIT program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement,
mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness
and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT programs enhance
communication, identify mental health resources for assisting people in crisis and ensure that
officers receive the training and support to stand ready when the need arises. Crisis
Intervention Team (CIT) Officers are vital to our communities’ efforts to respond effectively to
individuals in a mental health crisis so that they receive appropriate assistance.

Our law enforcement departments never know when they could be confronted with
someone with a mental health issue. CIT training provides the tools to keep safe those in a
mental health crisis and those who are attempting to help them.
This banquet is a celebration of the hard work that has already taken place through CIT and
to recognize those officers who are on the front lines every day trying to help our communities
be safe. The public is welcome to attend. For more information or tickets contact Mary at 573-
332-2795 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Community Counseling Center Director of Clinical Services, Audrey Burger, states “We are
so pleased to be a part of Southeast Missouri CIT to support the vital partnership between
mental health providers and law enforcement. It is always exciting to recognize the vital work
that our law enforcement in providing crucial resources, mental health advocacy and support to
consumers in our communities. It is an honor and a privilege to share our appreciation to the
law enforcement individuals who have shown such dedication of these efforts.”
CIT participating Law Enforcement Departments are: Bollinger County Sherriff, Cape
County Sheriff, Cape Girardeau Police, Fredericktown Police, Jackson Police, Madison County
Sheriff, Perry County Sheriff, Perryville Police, Southeast Missouri State University Department
of Public Safety, Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff, and Ste. Genevieve Police.
For more information on the Southeast Missouri CIT Program, contact Audrey Burger at the
Community Counseling Center at (573)332-2773 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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