NAMI Denver Honor Denver Police Officers 2018
These Denver police officers were honored for their dedication to mental health
A luncheon put on by the Denver chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Denver) honored 14 Denver police officers for their commitment to helping folks who were experiencing a the mental health crisis.
Every year the Denver Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness honors Denver Police Officers who use Crisis Intervention Team Training in their responses to calls from the community involving people with mental illness.
It is vital to caretakers of people with mental illness that their loved ones be treated humanely. CIT training goes a long way to making that happen.
The Denver Police Department has committed to the training of all officers in how to recognize and handle people in the community who are mentally ill. Crisis Intervention Team training explores for the officers the various types of mental illness and the best ways to approach mentally ill people in crisis.
The training can save the lives of people with mental illness. It is has also become a part of the culture of the Denver Police Department. Increasingly, squad cars carry first responders who are social workers trained to de-escalate people in crisis. Like many educational programs that catch on, some officers have championed the techniques and have shown exemplary humanity in their community responses to people with mental illness. They’ve built relationships with some individuals, been liaisons for their care, and have been sources of continuity for our most vulnerable citizens. For the family members of people with mental illness, this is a development that deserves considerable recognition.