Brookhaven Police Chief receives Law Enforcement Leadership Award
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Brookhaven police chief presented with NAMI Georgia Law Enforcement Leadership Award
Brookhaven, GA May 3, 2017 – The Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has awarded Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura the Law Enforcement Leadership Award at their annual conference.
This award is bestowed upon law enforcement agency executives who have promoted NAMI’s GA’s Crisis Intervention Team program (CIT). The CIT program was developed to educate law enforcement officials about the unique challenges presented by individuals living with mental illness.
Chief Yandura has worked diligently to provide and host CIT training for officers in not just the City of Brookhaven but to
those throughout the metropolitan area so that citizens living with mental illness and their families can be better served.
Gary Yandura believes that a better understanding of the sufferers of mental illness can lead to better and more positive policing.
“Having a brain disorder is not a crime and certain infractions such as traffic violations, loitering, and even disorderly conduct may be a manifestation of a person’s illness or failure to receive proper treatment for the illness, rather than the result of intentional wrongdoing.” – said Chief Yandura
Chief Gary Yandura (center) and representatives from NAMI
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