The Southwest Missouri branch of the National Alliance for Mental Illness has named Springfield officer Mardie Keller their 2020 NAMI Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year.
Officer Keller joined Springfield Police Department in November 2013.
NAMI says in a social media release that Officer Keller was nominated because “of her ability to personally connect with people and build trust in order to give them hope and show them they are not alone and that people, including law enforcement, do care.”
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a collaboration between mental health professionals and law enforcement to grow more effective interaction between law enforcement and those in the community facing mental health challenges.
The previous winners of the award are:
2016: Cpl. Chris Welsh, Springfield Police Department
2017: Officer Betsy Shipley, Springfield Police Department
2018: Sgt. David Carnagey, Greene County Sheriff’s Office
2019: Sgt. Joe Daugherty, Nixa Police Department