Captain Ward Stone of the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, a local law enforcement leader, was recently recognized for his support of the Piedmont Regional Crisis Intervention Team and the CIT Assistance Center.
The CIT Assistance Center is located at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. Its goal is to provide training to allow local law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and first responders to be more effective when dealing with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
Participants are trained to guide a person away from incarceration and towards mental health treatment when appropriate.
The recognition took place at the all-day training called “The Bullet Proof Mind,” presented by Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.
Del. Charles Poindexter presented a plaque to Stone.