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  Boardman Police Sgt. Glenn Patton Honored As Crisis Intervention Officer Of The Year  
  June 18, 2020 Edition  
Sgt Glenn Patton
     The Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board has announced that Boardman Township Police Department Sergeant Glenn Patton has been selected as the 2020 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer of the year. Sgt. Patton was recently recognized at the Mahoning County Commissioners meeting for receiving the award, and will be formally honored this fall at the Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board’s annual awards luncheon.
      Sergeant Patton’s career with the Boardman Police Department began in Jan., 1997 when he was hired as a dispatcher. In May, 1999, he was hired as a Boardman police officer.
      Prior to beginning his law enforcement career at Boardman, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University in 1997, and completed the Akron Police Academy in 1998.
      In February 2018, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and currently supervises Boardman’s Traffic Unit.
      Sgt. Patton has extensive training in several areas of law enforcement and is assigned additional duties to include arson investigator and crisis negotiator for the department.
      Sergeant Patton graduated from Mahoning County’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in November, 2012. He is routinely called upon by the department to handle the most sensitive matters, and has extensive contacts with area agencies that he readily uses to help people throughout the community.
      Among commendations he has received during his career are in 2014 when he was honored by the Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association for investigative excellence, and in 2015 when he was named Investigator of the Year by the Ohio Auto Theft Investigators Association. He has also been recognized by the Ohio Organized Crime Commission for investigative excellence.
      Sgt. Patton is active in the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and he is also a committee member Troop 60.
      Police officers are frequently called upon to respond to crisis situations, many times involving persons with serious mental illness. Historically officers who respond to these calls often lack any specialized training or knowledge in dealing with the mentally ill and their families. In 1988, The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model emerged in Memphis, Tennessee and is often referred to as the “Memphis Model.” The CIT Program seeks to bridge this gap between police response and mental health care by forming a partnership with behavioral health and human services professionals, consumers, their families and law enforcement. The alliance was the catalyst in developing and implementing a safer, proactive method for resolving explosive crisis situations.
      Sgt. Patton and his wife, Tina, are the parents of three children, Aaron, Brianna and Devin, who are all graduates of Boardman High School.
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