A Nixa police officer has been honored for their work in assisting people suffering from mental illness and helping to increase awareness of the issues surrounding mental illness.
Nixa Police Sergeant Joe Daugherty was named the 2019 Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year by the Ozarks Area Crisis Intervention Team and Southwest Missouri’s division of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
A release from the two organizations calls Sgt. Daugherty a man who “has been significantly involved in efforts to provide needed assistance to individuals in the Nixa community identified as potentially benefiting from behavioral health interventions” and “has also enthusiastically taken a leadership role on the OACIT Council, exhibiting dependability and determination in his collaborative service efforts.”
Daugherty was also cited for “a strong sense of compassion and concern for those individuals in his community experiencing behavioral health issues and places priority on connecting them with the resources available to assist them.”
This is the 4th year the award has been presented. Previous winners include officers with the Springfield Police Department and Greene County Sheriff’s Office.