PALM BAY, Florida – The Performance Shooting Challenge scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012, has been postponed. A new date will be set as soon as possible.
The Performance Shooting Challenge supports Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training as well as other Florida Partners in Crisis education programs.
Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon is the event chairman and a supporter of CIT.
“It helps participants understand what may be causing (people with mental illness) to act out, not always from criminal intent, but due to their illness,” Muldoon said. “The training provides attendees additional resources in the appropriate evaluation, placement and handling of mentally ill persons in crisis.”
Palm Bay Deputy Chief John Blackledge, who helped bring CIT training to Brevard, said the training prepares officers for real-life situations.
“For example, many SWAT teams are called to incidents in which the majority are not criminal suspects, but persons who are suffering from mental illness and are in acute crisis,” said Blackledge.
Law enforcement leaders also praised the competition as a way for officers to keep skills sharp.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to train and/or compete, you become better at it,” said Cmdr. Susan Jeter, who heads the Brevard County Jail and supports CIT.
Florida Partners in Crisis, based in Merritt Island, is a statewide organization that promotes collaboration of mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice systems to reduce the contact of people with mental illnesses and addictions with the justice system.
Its board and membership includes sheriffs and other law enforcement officials, judges, attorneys, state agency officials, providers, families and consumers.
For information, contact Executive Director Gail Cordial at [email protected] or visit www.flpic.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: FLPIC