The Hurst Police Department, Euless Police Department, and Bedford Police Department joined forces to provide specialized attention and response to those with mental health issues. The result has been a reduction in jailing of those with mental health conditions, and increased officer and community safety. This session will discuss lessons learned by the HEB Behavioral Intervention Unit that can be applied to police departments everywhere – and in Texas, this is incredibly important since the passage of the Sandra Bland Act.
Senior Police Officer C. B. Sanders has been with the Euless Police Department since 1992. Currently, SPO Sanders is a full time Mental Health Peace Officer with the H.E.B. Behavioral Intervention Unit. He is a veteran of the Texas Army National Guard serving nine years as a non-commissioned officer in the Headquarters Company of the 2nd Brigade, 49th Armored Division.
While at Euless, SPO Sanders has served as a School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Crisis Negotiator Team Leader, CISM team member and Peer Support team member. He holds a Master Peace Officer License and is a TCOLE Instructor.
He was awarded Rookie of the Year, Certificate of Merit, and numerous personal commendations from the Euless Police Department and was awarded an Outstanding Service Award from the Euless Fire Department.