Henrico Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton was honored last week with a prestigious international award. Middleton was named Police Chief of the Year by Crisis Intervention Team International. He received the award on August 21, 2012 at the annual CIT International Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was attended by over 1,000 individuals from across the United States and other countries.
CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team programs. They promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective and safer interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities.
Chief Middleton said he is honored and humbled to have received this award. “This recognition is a result of a total team effort and partnership between the Henrico Mental Health Developmental Services Department, the Division of Fire, the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Division,” Middleton said, upon being notified of the award. “The dedication and enthusiasm of the men and women who train, teach, participate and support CIT are providing valuable services to our citizens. The real recognition does not belong to me; it belongs to the men and women in Henrico County who recognized and brought to fruition the success of a meaningful program that yields measurable benefits to our community.”