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Manchester police lauded for work with mentally ill


MANCHESTER - Manchester police were honored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) for  their work with people in need of mental health services.

The Law Enforcement Award, presented Saturday in a ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, cited Chief David Mara's leadership and initiatives undertaken by the department since he became chief in 2008.

The department has a Crisis Intervention Team, comprised of 22 officers specially trained to deal with people with mental illness; played a key role in the formation of the city's Mental Health Court, and played a major part in the planning and operation of the new Homeless Service Center, working closely with homeless outreach workers in dealing with the homeless who need mental health services.

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