Date: November 9, 2018
Released by: Patrolman Brandon Jeffery
Raytown Sergeant Named 2018 Raytown CIT Officer of the Year
Raytown, MO – On November 8th, 2018, the Mid-America Crisis Intervention Team Council hosted their annual awards ceremony at the Kansas City Missouri Police Headquarters. Raytown Sergeant Gil Anderson (Reserve) was honored as Raytown’s 2018 CIT Officer of the Year.
Sgt. Anderson has been a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officer and has served as the Crisis Negotiations Team Commander for many years.
Raytown Police has had officers trained in crisis intervention since at least 2006. Currently, Raytown has 17 employees who are CIT trained. CIT officers are specially trained to respond to potentially dangerous emergencies involving people who are exhibiting serious psychiatric conditions or crises.
All CIT officers complete a forty-hour basic CIT class, with some completing Advanced CIT, Youth CIT, or CIT in regard to Veterans. CIT officers strive to provide appropriate response and service referral, instead of criminal incarceration, which is often ineffective and does little to help the individual.
Congratulations to Sergeant Anderson!