FIRST CIT-NJ CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARDED
On December 17th, 2014 at CIT-NJ’s year end state review meeting, the first CIT-NJ Center of Excellence awards were presented to the following.
The first award was presented to the Pine Hill Police Department in Camden County New Jersey. The Pine Hill Police Department was recognized by CIT-NJ Center of Excellence due to Chief Chris Winters Commitment to the CIT-NJ program. On May 9th, and coinciding with National Mental Health month, the Pine Hill Police Department achieved their goal of training their entire Police Department in the CIT Program from the Chief of Police to the newest patrol Officer. Pine Hill Police Department did not stop there. Pine Hill Police Sergeant Terry Hogan was appointed to a position with the CIT-NJ program as the Camden County Law Enforcement Coordinator and Chief Chris Winters also showed his commitment to CIT-NJ and was appointed to the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey board so that he could continue to support CIT as well as be a representative and voice for Law Enforcement. CIT-NJ would like to thank Chief Chris Winters and the Pine Hill Police Department for their support of the CIT-NJ program.
Above – Chief Chris Winter accepts the CIT-NJ Center of Excellence Award from State of NJ CIT Director Retired Chief of Police Edward Dobleman, on behalf of the members of the Pine Hill Police Department.
The second award was presented to Passaic County. On August 19, 2010 Passaic County had their first CIT Orientation and from there started on their own with the support of CIT-NJ. Since that date their goal along with CIT-NJ was to have at least one member of each of their 20 municipalities trained in CIT. After just 5 years and over 200 personnel trained in CIT, Passaic County was able to achieve that goal at the end of the 2014 training year. With that work and dedication Passaic County and it’s CIT members were presented the CIT-NJ Center of Excellence Award.
Above – Officer Lynette Butler from the William Paterson University Police Department accepts the CIT-NJ Center of Excellence Award from State of NJ CIT Director Retired Chief of Police Edward Dobleman, on behalf of the members of the Passaic County CIT program.