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In the line of duty, police officers face all kinds of unique and challenging situations involving the people they are sworn to protect. The outcome of these situations is often determined, for better or worse, by how officers approach the individuals involved. Jarrod Broadway is an officer with the Burlington Township Police Department and coordinator…

Twenty law enforcement officers and medical professionals in Sussex County are now better equipped to deal with emergency situations relating to mental health thanks to their completion of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training Friday afternoon at the county Fire Academy. The 40-hour week of training consisted of a variety of instruction methods led by local…

What does it mean to listen? Is it the passive process of taking in sound waves? What about absorbing the context of words and the feelings behind them? Listening has layers of meaning that stretch beyond the inert and into the active. As a CIT Officer, I often hear the term “Empathic Listening.” This touchstone…

On December 14, 2012, Mary Joy Sherlach, school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, gave her life to protect the students she served. Her family and friends created Mary’s Fund to honor her legacy and continue her important work. The mission of the fund is to support programs that aid the mental and…

Miriam Heyman, one of the co-authors of the study, said the numbers of suicide are extremely under-reported, while other more high-profile deaths make headlines. There were 46 officers who died after being fatally shot on the job in 2017, nearly 67% less than the number of suicides. The number of firefighter suicides may only represent…

Tell your friends and join CIT-NJ Middlesex County for Autism Awareness On April 22, 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm Please come out and see the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office Command Post, Canine Search & Rescue Team, and their Crisis Intervention Team from First Reponders to Mental Health Professionals as they come out and show their support…

Officer Alaric Tucker of the Englewood Police Department remembers the call. It was for a person with mental illness who refused to take his medication and the situation was escalating. “When we first approached him, he was very combative, he didn’t want to talk,” he said. “Other officers were in there ready to go, and…

  Life is not always easy. It has a way of pulling the rug out from under our feet and leaving us feeling traumatized, lost and sometimes very isolated. Though trauma cannot always be avoided, it can be mitigated. That’s the idea behind crisis intervention. There are many different forms of trauma. Maybe someone is…

Join CIT-NJ members from around the state of New Jersey      December 12th, 2017 to learn, share, and explore solutions for a better response to mental health crisis.  Make plans now to join us as we celebrate CIT-NJ Center of Excellence Program ten years of service.                     …

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