Crisis Intervention Team Training

The mission of the County of Santa Clara is to plan for the needs of a dynamic community; provide quality services; and promote a healthy, safe, and prosperous community for all. In keeping with this mission, The County of Santa Clara, Office of the Sheriff, together with several community partners, provide multiple Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings throughout the year. This State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified class is attended by Academy Recruits, as well as officers in the field. The training is also open to all outside law enforcement agencies.  

The main purpose of the training is to build stronger partnership supporting law enforcement with effective intervention techniques, and resources, while maintaining public safety, when interacting with individuals going through serious mental health/substance use challenges. 

Annually, our county partner, Behavioral Health Services, in collaboration with Office of the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors, recognizes individuals from our local law enforcement agencies, who have attended the CIT class and shown outstanding performance within their job in the area of supporting and/or de-escalating situations involving mental health/substance use. 

Nominations are submitted to the Behavioral Health Services and officers are later recognized and awarded for their work by the Board of Supervisors. The award winners for 2020 CIT Officer of the Year are listed below:

Angela Espitia

Mountain View Police Department

Jayson Doumas

California Highway Patrol

Jesse Sanders

Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff

Anthony Fantozzi

Los Altos Police Department

Mark Cutler

Campbell Police Depatment

Clint Jackman

Milpitas Police Department

David Britton

Santa Clara Police Department

Logan Howard

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department

Richard Campbell

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department

Nelson Williams

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

Christopher Vorpahl

Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff

Frederick Da Silva

Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff

Kelli Janda

Los Altos Police Department

Nic Martinez

City of Palo Alto Police Department

David Lee

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Brad Young

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Marianna Villaescuesa

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Charlie Tannous

City of Palo Alto Police Department

George Pons

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Rob Longwell

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Ian Johnson

City of Palo Alto Police Department

Simon Williams

City of Palo Alto Police Department

These award winners will be recognized at a future Board of Supervisors meeting (due to Covid-19, the ceremony has been postponed). In the meantime, please join us in virtually congratulating all of the above officers! We thank you for your dedication to service the community!​

 

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