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Aug. 16, 2013






Jack Fitzpatrick, Criminal Justice Planner

Lucera honored by Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board


Joan Lucerna
Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board Chairman-John Kuplinski (left) and Joan Lucera-Colonial Crisis Intervention Team honoree (right).

At its recent quarterly meeting, the Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board recognized Joan Lucera for her foundational efforts in bringing a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) to the Colonial region. Justice Board Chairman, John Kuplinski stated, “If not for her efforts, our CIT program would not exist as it does today.” Ms. Lucera authored a successful grant request to hire a CIT Coordinator and expanded the program.


Colonial CIT provides training for front line law enforcement personnel to assist them in dealing effectively with patients who are experiencing mental health crises requiring immediate intervention. The overall goal is to divert mental health patients away from the criminal justice system at the earliest point possible. 


To date, approximately 90 officers and deputies in the Colonial Region have completed the 40-hour course. Several have received additional training and are now teaching local classes. A Colonial CIT officer was named Virginia CIT Officer of the Year for 2012.


Chairman Kuplinski summarized the award with, “You have improved lives while you improved our criminal justice system.”    


For more information about Colonial Crisis Intervention Team, contact Jay Sexton, Coordinator at 757-253-4061;





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