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KSP Post 1 Sergeant Named CIT Officer of the Year for KY

Date of News Release: 08/26/2014

Sgt. Adams

(Hickory, KY) - Kentucky State Police Sergeant Joey Adams was recently named Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year for Kentucky. The award was presently recently at the 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference held in Louisville, KY.

The award was presented as result of an incident that occurred on November 27, 2012. On that date, SGT Adams, Trooper Pervine, and Trooper Wright responded to a residence in Carlisle County, KY to assist the Carlisle County Sheriff's Department with a suicidal subject. When he arrived, there was a male subject holding a shotgun under his chin, with his finger on the trigger. SGT Adams utilized his CIT training and spoke with the subject in an effort to get him to relinquish his weapon. After negotiations, the subject surrendered his weapon and sought psychiatric help.

Per the CIT website, "Crisis Intervention Teams or "CIT" programs help people with mental illness cope and maintain recovery. CIT helps sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and reduce the stigma of mental illness. CIT works to accomplish this purpose by raising public and stakeholder awareness through education and outreach, complying with recommended standards for developing, implementing and sustaining crisis intervention team programs, and by providing assistance to communities interested in developing CIT programs. The Kentucky CIT program maintains contact with local law enforcement, mental health professionals and advocates by establishing and remaining an active partner in the local community on the CIT Advisory Committee. The Kentucky CIT program began in 2001 in Louisville. Since that time, there have been over 1,550 law enforcement officers trained in the CIT model of verbal de-escalation, active listening skills and non-lethal weapons use. This program has decreased the number of injuries to officers and consumers and increased the number of consumers receiving the treatment they need for their mental illness."

SGT Adam serves as the current chairperson for the Purchase Region CIT Committee and a certified CIT instructor. SGT Adams is a 16-year veteran of the KSP and is assigned to Post 1 Mayfield.