Date: February 11, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Sergeant Wins 2010 NAMI Officer of the Year

Cape Coral Police Sergeant Jennifer Matlock was awarded Officer of the Year by NAMI –The National Alliance on Mental Illness for her efforts in Crisis Intervention Training. Sergeant Matlock has been with the Cape Coral Police Department since 1997 and has been involved with NAMI for several years. She serves as a liaison between the police department and the mental health organization.

Sergeant Matlock coordinates training on CIT; which is a community collaboration between mental health providers, law enforcement, and family and consumer advocates. This group examines local systems to determine the community’s needs, agrees on strategies for meeting those needs, and organizes police training. This coalition also determines the best way to transfer people with mental illness from police custody to the mental health system, and ensures that there are adequate facilities for mental health triage.

CIT training is a 40 hour class for law enforcement officers that includes basic information about mental illnesses and how to recognize them; information about the local mental health system and local laws; learning first-hand from consumers and family members about their experiences; verbal de-escalation training, and role-plays.

“Sergeant Matlock is a positive representative of the Cape Coral Police Department and we are very proud of Jen and congratulate her on winning this award.”