Sergeant Andy Suvada of the Streetsboro Police Department in Portage County was named CIT International CIT Officer of the Year for 2011 at the CIT International Conference in Virginia Beach on Tuesday September 13! This is a well deserved honor and something that all of us at CIT International should be proud of. Sergeant Suvada completed CIT training in Portage County in 2007. His aptitude and commitment to the CIT philosophy and purpose were quickly recognized, and in 2008 he was named Ohio CIT Officer of the Year by NAMI Ohio and Portage County CIT officer of the year by the Portage County Police Chiefs’ Association.
Andy is a wonderful example for all of us who work to further the development of CIT in Ohio. He has close and collaborative working relationships with mental health service providers, consumers, family members, and advocates. And certainly, part of Andy’s recognition is based on the additional personal hours he puts into building and maintaining a quality CIT program for his community.
photo 1: pictured left to right are Michele Saunders, Vice President of CIT International; Sgt. John Wallschlaeger of the Appleton Wisconsin Police Department and last year’s winner of this award; Mike Woody, President of CIT International; Sgt. Andy Suvada; and Sam Cochran, Co-Chairman of CIT International.
photo 2: Andy Suvada gives his acceptance speech upon receiving the CIT-I CIT Officer of the Year Award on September 13, 2011 in Virginia Beach.