WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said he is thrilled District Attorney Jon David has noted the importance of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) at a recent press conference.
At a press conference at the Brunswick County Courthouse, District Attorney Jon David explained the events leading up to indicting Bryon Vassey with voluntary manslaughter. He also noted the importance of Crisis Intervention Training for police officers and the positive response from agencies in our area about the upcoming CIT training in Brunswick County.
Stan Oathout from the National Alliance on Mental Illness said he is thrilled that Jon David has noted the program and is hoping they can collaborate on mandating CIT training for all first responders. Oathout says this training can prevent a situation, like the one in Boiling Springs Lake involving 18-year-old Keith Vidal.
"With the tools that are provided, that could have been de-escalated, so I think that it's extremely valuable that all police go through this training. I would be a strong advocate for that," says Oathout.
NAMI's next CIT training is on February 17, 2014 in Brunswick County.
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