CIT and chiefSAVANNAH, GA (April 25, 2015) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has just graduated 26 employees who completed a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training course, better known as CIT.

Shortly, after taking command Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. mandated that all SCMPD personnel at the rank of Captain and below attend and complete the CIT training. The goal is to help SCMPD personnel better respond to individuals in our community experiencing a mental health crisis. The training will also act as a springboard in helping law enforcement agencies and mental health systems collaborate to address individuals dealing with mental illness in our community.

Of the 26 graduates, 19 are SCMPD recruits/officers, 3 are SCMPD Communications Officers, 1 is from the State of Georgia Probation Office, 1 is from Tybee Island PD, 1 is from Hinesville PD, and 1 is a mental health professional from New York City.

Chief Lumpkin, Assistant Chief Julie Tolbert, and Major Larry Branson attended the graduation which was held Friday afternoon.

CIT group photo