The Crisis Intervention Team process trains law enforcement officers in how to recognize and deal with persons exhibiting signs of mental illness or substance abuse and addiction, and how to divert them into appropriate treatment and recovery as an alternative to the criminal justice system.
The Greenville Police Department, through the efforts and advocacy of Chief Butts, is the first department in the Darke, Miami and Shelby County service area to have 100 percent of its officers complete the Tri-County Board’s Crisis Intervention Team.
Presenting the award was Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. In presenting the award, DeWine noted that Butts has “built strong, collaborative relationships with mental health and addiction agencies in Darke County.”
DeWine quoted Greenville Police Sergeant Scott Drew, saying CIT “has resulted in better service to the public by having knowledgeable officers correctly assess people in crisis and getting them the help they so desperately need,” adding that CIT techniques result in fewer officer man-hours spent on crisis calls, and fewer officer complaints, calling it a “win-win for everyone.”
Chief Butts serves as a member of the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services.
Other area officers recognized include Troy Police Department Patrolman Tom Gibson and Detective Chris Madigan. The two received special recognition for "exceptional contributions to the Ohio CIT movement" in the past year. The officers, both trained in the Tri-County Board's CIT program, were instrumental in preventing a suicide attempt at the State Route 41 overpass of Interstate 75 in August.