2014 CIT Utah Officer of the Year
Sergeant Carl Muniz, Utah Department of corrections
CIT Utah congratulates Sgt. Carl Muniz with the Utah Department of Corrections as the 2014 CIT Utah Officer of the Year.
NAMI Utah and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health joined CIT Utah in presenting Sgt. Carl Muniz of the Utah Department of Corrections with the 2014 CIT Utah Officer of the Year award during the 2014 NAMI Utah Conference held in Salt Lake City.
Sgt Muniz’s nomination is described through several different incidents while working in the gang unit at the prison. He uses his CIT skills on a regular basis and on many occasions, has prevented injuries to both staff and prisoners. In one particular situation, a prisoner committed an assault and was both extremely agitated and non-compliant following the incident. He was pacing and refusing to cuff up while still in possession of the weapon he had used to violently attack another inmate. Using his CIT training and verbal skills, he was able to identify the inmate was in crisis and was able to turn a potentially violent situation into one of voluntary compliance.
For this and many other events as well as Sgt. Muniz’s demonstration of a positive CIT role model, we congratulate him on becoming the 2014 CIT Utah Officer of the Year.
Past CIT Regional Coordinators Honored at NAMI Utah Conference
CIT Utah joined NAMI Utah and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in recognizing the valuable contributions of past CIT Coordinators.
The 2014 NAMI Utah Conference was held November 14th. Those honored were:
Ron Bruno, Previous CIT Utah Program Director, Retired Police Officer Salt Lake City PD.
John Moyes, Retired from South West Behavioral Center, St. George Utah.
Lieutenant Guy Gustman, from Orem Department of Public Safety.
Sergeant Matt Pedersen, from Orem Department of Public Safety.
Chief Jean Loveland, moved from Brigham City Police Department to Willard City Police Department.
Lieutenant Mark Lowther, from Weber County sheriffs office.
We thank these former CIT Utah Regional Coordinators for their dedication and hard work with improving criminal justice / mental health services in their communities.