Forty hours later, three Millersville University Police Department (MUPD) officers are even more qualified and passionate about serving the Millersville community.
MUPD officers Samantha Kaufman and Jerome Lomax and security officer Brian Lefever completed a 40-hour certification program that qualified them for the Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).
“I believe this is one of the most valuable trainings our officers attend, and more than half of our officers are trained members of CIT,” says MUPD Chief Peter Anders. “Our officers are better able to relate to our community and visitors by recognizing signs of a mental health crisis and having training and resources to better help an individual in crisis.”
The Lancaster County CIT is made up of local agencies, law enforcement and the members of mental health community striving to provide proper training for first responders to mental health crisis situations.
Kaufman, Lomax and Lefever completed the training at the end of October alongside officers from Lancaster City and East Earl, Manor, East Hempfield and East Lampeter Townships.
“After the first day, I was just blown away,” Lefever said in a text message to Anders. “Makes me want to help the students so much more and to understand their pain as well.”