NAMI Denver Honor Denver Police Officers
NAMI Denver hosted the 15th Annual Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Recognition Luncheon for Denver Police officers on October 23rd. Fifteen Denver Police officers were
commended for their use of tactical CIT skills when responding to calls in the community involving people with mental illness. The accounts of the officers responses included interventions in suicides, gaining trust and rapport with subjects trying to cope with delusional thinking, preventing harm to subjects and others, accompanying subjects to crisis centers, making sure they had access to care, and following up to be sure they were doing well. Each of the officers honored were described as having gone beyond expectations—some did this repeatedly—to protect the lives and safety of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. The officers received certificates of commendation, gifts, and the sincere thanks of members of NAMI Denver, Denver officials, and mental health professionals. CIT training helps officers de-escalate mental health crises and point subjects to appropriate mental healthcare.
NAMI Denver CIT Awardees: