University of Vermont

UVM Police Services

About Us: Awards & Commendations

Crisis Communicator Award 2004  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Henry

Officer Henry responded to the needs of a young woman threatening suicide. He convinced her to seek help and gently directed her to a mental health service. Officer Henry, along with members of Judicial Affairs and the Counseling Center, helped her realize that a break from the university was what she needed to get well. Officer Henry stayed in contact with her father to ensure their safe travel home. Mike's human contact and compassion assisted this young woman and her family with getting the necessary help to address her problems.

While all officers enjoy solving complex cases and catching the criminal, incidents like this cause us to take pause and remember we have greater responsibilities. Ones that bring an even greater sense of satisfaction in the job that we do.  

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