The Cheyenne Police Department was recognized Tuesday for its participation and dedication to the One Mind Campaign -- a national movement to improve police responses to persons affected by mental illnesses.

As one of its 2019 goals, the department pledged to train its officers in Mental Health First Aid classes as well as to increase the number of officers trained to respond to mental health crises.

Currently, the CPD is the only law enforcement agency in Wyoming to sign this pledge.

"While the national pledge calls for agencies to have 20 percent of their officers trained as a Crisis Intervention Team, 45 percent of CPD officers have undergone this 40-hour training," said Officer David Inman.

"The training extensively prepares officers to respond to mental health calls for service including mood and thought disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, suicide and mental disabilities," he added.​

Inman says the department also has a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with Peak Wellness and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services.

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