Senior Officer Randy Crowder
Senior Officer Randy Crowder, of the Northeast Patrol Division, received the second CIT Officer of the Quarter Award in July 2011.
Officer Crowder as responded to numerous CIT calls over the years and is one of the program’s most dedicated CIT officers. One such call involved a 15-year-old with schizoaffective disorder. This adolescent goes into rages and has put his fist through a television and through the sheetrock walls in his house. Officer Crowder is one of the few officers who is able to calm the adolescent down when he goes into a rage. When the adolescent’s mother calls for the police, she specifically asks for Officer Crowder.
Officer Crowder connected the mother with NAMI who helped educate the mother about her son’s mental illness and set her up in a support group.
The counselors in the adolescent’s school were also having difficulty controlling his rages. Officer Crowder brought the mother, NAMI and school counselors together to develop a strategy to help de-escalate the rages by the adolescent.