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Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Police Officers Travis Bailey, Steve Murphy, Jaimee Snow and Alexandria Walker completed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certification on Friday, May 10, 2013, and are now certified.

CIT has been implemented in hundreds of communities in the United States and internationally. These innovative collaborations between advocates, law enforcement and mental health systems have saved lives and fostered linkages for people who need treatment, not incarceration. CIT promotes dignity, safety and appropriate care, reducing the load on jails and the criminal justice system.

The LMU officers were among the fifth class for CIT East Tennessee, which offers training in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Police Department and Ridgeview, a not-for-profit community-based mental health center in Oak Ridge. A total of 18 officers representing the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, LMU Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department and the Oak Ridge Police Department completed the weeklong course. They are now among the 88 CIT certified officers in the East Tennessee.

Tennessee House of Representatives member John Ragan gave the keynote address during the graduation ceremony at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building. Oak Ridge Deputy Chief Alan Massengill and Ridgeview’s Brian Buuck, chairman of the East Tennessee CIT Task Force, also addressed the officers.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

CAPTIOn: LMU Officers Steve Murphy, Travis Bailey, Alexandria Walker and Jaimee Snow are pictured with Tennessee House Representative John Rage following their CIT Officer Certification Ceremony. The LMU officers are now among just 88 CIT certified officers in East Tennessee.

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