Thanks to everyone who supported and attended this year's CIT Officer Appreciation Banquet. It was a wonderful, moving night, and a pleasure!

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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, and you're invited!

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.

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.

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.


Our keynote speaker for 2017 is retired CHiP sargeant, Kevin Briggs. 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 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 the Community Counseling Center or call (573)332-2773. 




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