"Being a Police Officer is a privilege and I refuse to dishonor my badge."
- Officer R. Williams
Officer Williams is truly an unsung hero. She puts a uniform on her back that weighs approximately 30-50 pounds and is the first line of defense for the public. Officer Williams works tirelessly to prevent and respond to crime. She wears many hats and play several roles in the community. Officer Williams is a role model to the youth, a counselor, mentor, and most importantly a prominent figure in the community.
Officer Williams was dispatched to a runaway call. This call would have a major impact on her life. Officer Williams met a young lady name Alex, and she was currently displaying signs of being in a crisis. Alex no longer felt comfortable at home and was battling with depression. Officer Williams immediately identified that Alex was a candidate for an EDO (Emergency Detention Order) instead of being arrested. While Alex was in the back of Officer Williams's patrol vehicle, she began to breakdown (cry). Officer Williams knew she needed to wear her “counselor hat” and listen. Alex just wanted someone to listen to her. While waiting for the doctors to examine Alex, Officer Williams made a promise to her. Officer Williams told Alex she would become her mentor and always check on her. Officer Williams changed Alex life and she became apart of her family. Alex has spent holidays with Officer Williams and even lived in her home. Officer Williams has been mentoring Alex for two years, and she has graduated from high school in 2021.
Officers should be able to identify when Houstonians are in a state of psychosis and displaying signs of a mental disorder. Instead of arresting the Offender, an Officer can decide to EDO the subject and take them to a hospital. When the subject arrives at the hospital, he or she is placed under Psychiatric observations and given the help they need.
Officer Williams has been appointed over the “Take Me Home Program” and the mental health point of contact for her shift/ Police Department. The “Take Me Home Program” is software that allows family members to enter a detailed description of their family members and assist Officers with bringing them home. The program is for residents suffering from Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer, and individuals that are mute.
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