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KSP Post 1 Trooper Named CIT Officer of the Year for the KY Pennyroyal Region

Date of News Release: 06/09/2015

from left to right Denise Spratt, Executive Director, KY CIT Program,TFC Dodd, Michael Brown, Ky Secretary of ther Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

(Hickory, KY) - Kentucky State Police Trooper First Class Lewie Dodd was recently named Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year for Kentucky. The award was presented recently at the 2015 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference held in Louisville, KY.

The award was presented as result of an incident that occurred on March 29, 2014. On that date, Trooper First Class (TFC) Dodd responded to a residence in Lyon County, KY to assist the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement officers with a 65 year old male, armed with a rifle and threatening to harm law enforcement officers and bank officials. The armed subject is a Vietnam War veteran, who had previously been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TFC Dodd utilized his CIT training and spoke with the subject in an effort to get him to relinquish his weapon. After approximately 30 minutes of intense 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."