Boise, Jan. 17, 2013 - Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson was honored this week with the Judiciary Award given by the Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health.
"I'm honored and grateful," said Chief Masterson at the ceremony Wednesday at the Idaho Statehouse. "Every day, my officers see the hurt that's caused to families and individuals by some breakdown in mental health services. Families, care givers and service providers can all be caught up in a lack of or mis-communication, red tape or the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
"I see it as my job as Chief of Police to work with the mental health community as well as the many different communities who make up the City of Boise. It's important, because of our role in the community as police officers, that we join these groups and work with them toward making each small community safer and healthier. That benefits all of us as we work to keep Boise America's most livable city."
Each year, the Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health honors individuals and organizations who have worked to improve the lives of Idahoans and their families who have been affected by mental illness.
Chief Masterson was presented the award by Kathie Garrett, Chair of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention.
Here's are Garrett's words as she presented the Chief the Judiciary Award:
Chief Masterson is recognized as a highly organized, creative and dedicated professional with demonstrated leadership abilities. He is committed to the overall health and safety of the community and it's livability; actively engaged in working with the City's and Department's leadership teams to address the issues and challenges facing the community.
He is receiving this award from the State Planning Council on Mental Health because of his active and proactive role in the community. Chief Masterson is involved with the Treasure Valley Veteran's Network that helps veterans with returning home and meets to help bring community resources together. He has also helped to create the first Veteran's Mental Health Court in Ada County, and is trying to get other courts started around the state. Chief Masterson has also trained the Boise Police Department in Crisis Intervention training so that they may have the tools they need to help individuals in crisis situations, such as suicide or other mental health crisis. He is currently working on a project called the Treasure Community Network which is to help and address solutions for issues of suicide. He is a skilled leader who inspires members of the Department to provide excellent service to the people we serve.
Chief Masterson is a senior executive with 36 years of progressively responsible positions in policing culturally diverse communities. Chief Masterson is the author of numerous articles on quality improvement leadership and community policing. He has extensive experience in introducing, guiding and evaluating organizational change initiatives. Chief Masterson has earned the trust and respect of the Department's staff, the City's leadership and the community.
Chief Masterson sends his appreciation and congratulations to the others honored by the Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Illness this week:
Legislative Award: The Hon. Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R) Dist. 14 Ada County,
Advocacy Award: Ann D. Kirkwood, M.A.
Media Award: Ruth Brown, Reporter, Post Register newspaper, Idaho Falls
Recovery Program Award: Pamela Rose, The Peer Run Center for HOPE, Boise