WPPD gets mental health training

 Community Counseling Service’s Noxubee County Administrator Rayfield Evins discusses mental health issues officers may encounter as part of the Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Program at West Point City Hall on Tuesday. (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
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RYAN PHILLIPS
DAILY TIMES LEADER

Officers with the West Point Police Department and other agencies gathered at West Point City Hall on Tuesday to hear from experts in the field of mental health.

WPPD Sgt. Albert Lee - who serves as the department’s training coordinator - organized the class, which featured professionals from Community Counseling Services as part of the Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Program.

The class was conducted by Community Counseling Service’s Noxubee County Administrator Rayfield Evins and Choctaw County Supervisor Chiquita Long-Holmes.

“We are here today to continue our training in mental health, this being mental health month,” Lee said. “I hosted this training not just for our department, but for surrounding agencies to come take part in this training where they can learn about mental health, aid if we should come across mental challenges in the community, we can assist them.”

Lee said the program has been well-received, despite the smaller number of officers who attended on Tuesday.

“It’s a small number, but it’s very informative for our job on a day-to-day basis,” Lee said. “We’re very proud to have this training.”

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