Captain Ready Receives 
            "First in the Field" Award

Captain Dwayne Ready, former commander of the Central Patrol Division, received a “First in the Field” award at a luncheon hosted by the Mental Health Association of Greater Houston. Captain Ready was recognized for his efforts in successfully implementing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) pilot program in the Central Patrol Division from July to December of 1999.

Originally planned as a year-long pilot, the program was so successful that, after six months, Chief Bradford made the decision to expand the program to the other 12 patrol divisions. Implementation of the pilot involved creating specialized forms and procedures; collecting, processing, and disseminating executive reports and statistics; extensive program evaluation; the development of this newsletter; and the development of program-specific call codes and emergency communications procedures.

From the beginning, Captain Ready took a personal interest in the program and was involved in evercit_ready.gif (28647 bytes)y aspect of its development. Although he was a newly promoted captain with many new responsibilities, he welcomed this challenge. The CIT program has become a significant initiative within the Houston Police Department and is being replicated by several law enforcement agencies in the Greater Houston area. Captain Ready and Central Patrol laid the foundation and set the standard for this very successful program.

Executive Assistant Chief J. L. Breshears presents the “First in the Field” award to Captain Dwayne Ready for his efforts in successfully implementing the Crisis Intervention Team pilot program at Central Patrol.