Police officer honored for help with mental illness cases

For his work intervening on behalf of people with mental illnesses caught up in criminal situations, Toledo Police Officer Dave Avalos recently was honored.

The Rossford resident received an award from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Mr. Avalos, a 1987 Rossford High School graduate, is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, sent to calls where people with mental disabilities might cause harm to others or themselves.

“We have a better understanding, when we arrive on scene, of what’s happening,” he explained. “We recognize cues, and we can help them.” Officer Avalos has served in this role since May 2011, and was honored for his specific intervention in the case of a 27-year-old man “who has the mind of a young teenager.”

 

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