NAMI LANE COUNTY PRESENTS EUGENE POLICE OFFICER CHRIS MACKEY WITH FIRST CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING AWARD
National Alliance on Mental Illness Lane County is pleased to announce the recipient of its first Crisis Intervention Training Award: Eugene Police Officer Chris Mackey. Officer Mackey received the award on Monday, December 7, at the NAMI Holiday Dinner, at the Eugene Hilton.The award marks a continuing nine-year relationship between NAMI and the Eugene Police Department to train all sworn law enforcement personnel in the Lane County region.Officer Mackey was chosen from among a number of nominated officers in the Eugene Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department. He was unanimously chosen for this award based upon the following criteria:• Conducts oneself in a professional manner always treating individuals with respect and the dignity they deserve. • Demonstrates compassion with individuals and the families who are in crisis and need help. • Focuses on the fundamental mission to divert those with mental illnesses from jail when this can be done with little risk to public safety.• Exhibits through one’s interaction with the community the knowledge to work with persons in crisis who may have a mental illness. • Conducts oneself in such a way as to have a profound impact not only on contacted individuals, but also on their loved ones and members of the community at large.• Advocates for those affected by a mental health diagnosis.
NAMI LANE COUNTY is dedicated to the SUPPORT, EDUCATION and ADVOCACY of individuals with mental health issues and their families.