A Ferguson Township police officer has been recognized for his local Crisis Intervention Team work, receiving this year’s CIT International Officer of the Year Award.
Officer Travis Park received the award this week at the annual conference in Hartford, Conn.
Park has served in Ferguson for seven years and was recognized for his training, promotion and other work related to the CIT locally and across the state. The program includes 40 hours of training for officers and other emergency personnel, covering mental health, crisis resolution, de-escalation skills and access to community services.
“I’m honored to have received the award myself and for our program and countywide efforts to be recognized at an international level,” Park said. “I have been part of the development and implementation of the program since day one, and over 120 people have attended our 40-hour training.”
CIT International facilitates training programs around the U.S. and worldwide to create better interactions between law enforcement, mental health care providers, those with mental illness and their families, and communities.
“It has been a pleasure to be a part of the program and to work with such dedicated professionals, with the goal to make our program a success and to make a positive impact on people’s lives,” Park said.
Many area officials have graduated from the training program, including those in State College, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, Penn State, Spring Township and Bellefonte police, various EMS groups, jail and prison personnel and Mount Nittany Medical Center security personnel.
The next training session is set for January. Contact local coordinator Tracy Small for more information at 933-7101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halfmoon Township is seeking volunteers to serve on the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and Schlow Centre Region Library Board.
The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
The ZHB meets as needed, the Parks and Rec Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, and the library board meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Schlow.
Those interested should submit a letter to Manager Susan Steele at email@example.com or 100 Municipal Lane, Port Matilda, PA 16870. Call the township at 692-9800 for more information.
Jessica VanderKolk writes this weekly column featuring news from the Centre Region. Contact her at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @jVanReporter.