On October 20, 2012, Officer Thomas Keary, a 14-year police department veteran and currently assigned to the School Resource Officer unit, was named “CIT Officer of the Year” by the Kansas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
CIT stands for Crisis Intervention Team and this team is a specially trained group of individuals from the community to work together to increase the efficiency in obtaining care for persons involved in a mental health crisis.
Officer Keary received the award for developing a summer initiative focusing on his role as a law enforcement officer on the team. Officer Keary provided CIT training to department members, presented at the Kansas Juvenile Officer’s Association meeting, and assisted with CIT training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Throughout the summer, Officer Keary reviewed reports from other officers who handled calls for service and then partnered with Johnson County Mental Health to provide any needed follow up visits or referrals to resources.
Since 1995, our department has sent 95 officers to be trained as a CIT officer and this training effort is ongoing with more officers added to this list every year.