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Posted on: July 17, 2018

GPD Captain Elected to Prestigious National Board

GPD Capt Stacey Owens

(GREENVILLE)- By being recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) at the organization’s annual convention, Captain Stacey Owens solidified the Greenville Police Department (GPD) as a national leader in law enforcement professionalism. Board members are elected for three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.
“I congratulate Captain Owens on his selection to serve on the NAMI Board. It is a prestigious honor and recognition both for him and our Department for the significant work we have done to prepare our officers to deal with those suffering from mental illness,” Chief Ken Miller said.
Owens’ selection brings with it nearly 25 years of law enforcement experience in South Carolina as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice. In coordination with NAMI, he successfully managed the launch and implementation of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program within the GPD in 2010. Owens still serves as the Department’s program coordinator and frequently presents at the national CIT conference and NAMI state conference. He has testified to the South Carolina House and Senate Judiciary Committee on CIT training, which in part prompted the Palmetto State to pass legislation mandating every officer receive mental health training.
Currently, there are 154 GPD officers who have completed the CIT training program, which is the most trained in South Carolina. Owens is an active board member of NAMI Greenville and has served as vice president since 2017.
Chief Miller recognizes that having a police perspective on the NAMI Board provides many advantages.
“It is incredibly beneficial to have a member of law enforcement serving on the NAMI Board. Captain Owens’ leadership, experience, and practical application of the Crisis Intervention Team program provides invaluable, critical insights into the development of standards, best practices, and de-escalation techniques for police officers when dealing with people in crisis situations,” Chief Miller said.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI is collectively the nation’s leading voice on matters related to mental health. The organization is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations, and volunteers. For more information, see: www.nami.org

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