The Metropolitan Police Department along with members of the Department of Mental Health will recognize Sergeant Michael J. Pulliam as the Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Sergeant Pulliam is assigned to the Sixth District and is a nine year veteran with MPD.
“The work done by Crisis Intervention Officers is crucially important to helping provide assistance to those who deal with mental illness,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “I salute Sergeant Pulliam for his work, which helps make the District a healthier, safer community for all of our residents.”
The Metropolitan Police Department in partnership with the Department of Mental Health set up the Crisis Intervention Officer Initiative to train officers to recognize the signs of mental illness, determine the most appropriate response, and to use techniques that build on their skills and training.
“A Crisis Intervention Officer is trained in handling incidents involving mental health consumers and is equipped to de-escalate a situation and resolve an encounter in the safest possible manner and in the best interest of those involved,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
“The Department of Mental Health and the Metropolitan Police Department are working together to strengthen the District’s ability to support people with mental illness who come to the attention of law enforcement but do not meet the threshold for arrest,” said Steve Baron, Director of the Department of Mental Health. “The Crisis Intervention Officer initiative is proven to increase citizen and officer safety and lead to the most appropriate response for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis.”
WHAT/WHO: Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year recognized
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TIME: 1 pm
WHERE: First District Station (Community Room)
101 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024