Brian Tison has been a sworn officer for over 26 years, serving with both the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Illinois Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is a certified Master Firearms Instructor and Field Training Officer. Brian is an active CIT Officer and Coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Program for UIPD. He also serves as Hostage Negotiations Team Leader for the Champaign County METRO SWAT Team and is Vice President of the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association (ICNA). Brian teaches the police response portion of the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) course statewide and serves as the CIT Task Force representative for the University of Illinois. He was one of the first officers in the state to be trained as a CIT instructor and has taught extensively for Mobile Training Units in Illinois. Brian has presented at National CIT Conferences in Florida and Ohio. In 2006, he was named CIT Officer of the Year for the State of Illinois.