Sixteen public safety employees are the most recent graduates of the Crisis Intervention Team training academy. Members of the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department, Department of Emergency Communications, and Probation and Parole were recognized at a graduation ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, at police headquarters.
Police Chief Earl Cook, Chief Deputy Clarke Stearns and Liz Wixson, Director of Clinical and Emergency Services for the Department of Community and Human Services, hosted the event and congratulated Police Officers Mark Aiesi, Amanda Deptula, Danny Webb and Jordan Young, and Roy Bliss, Tonia Copeland and Cathy Gary of the Police Department; Deputy Sheriffs Keith Crane and Marybeth Plaskus, and Dwayne Kennedy and Lenora Murphy of the Sheriff's Office; Ericka Flournoy of the Department of Emergency Communications; Zubin Byramjee and James Woody of Probation/Parole; and Jason Cage and Amy Stephens of the Alexandria Fire Department.
CIT was developed to help improve staff interactions and outcomes with persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Alexandria's program includes staff from all first responding agencies to ensure that a comprehensive, City-wide approach is in place to assist those with mental illness.