Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Deputy Honored For Crisis Intervention Skills

The Collier County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has recognized Cpl. Paul Woolsey as Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year.

Cpl. Woolsey, who is assigned to patrol the Collier County Sheriff's Office North Naples district, was honored for helping a young man realize he was in need of immediate assistance with his mental illness. As a member of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Woolsey successfully used the tactics taught to him during the 40-hour CIT training sponsored by NAMI Collier County to form an immediate rapport with the young man. Woolsey’s calm, supportive, receptive, and non-threatening demeanor allowed the man to voluntarily seek assistance with the David Lawrence Center.

“I was honored to receive such an award from NAMI, an organization that does a lot for us (CCSO members) and the community," Cpl. Woolsey said. "CIT serves as a helpful tool for deputies who often come into contact with people coping with mental illness.”

NAMI chose Cpl. Woolsey for his calm demeanor and appropriate use of the tools taught during the crisis intervention training. He was presented the award, alongside Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk and the young man he assisted, at the Naples Hilton in North Naples in December.

Photo submitted by NAMI Collier County