Roseburg Police officer awarded: 'This has been a huge team effort'

Officer Tony Powers (Roseburg Police Department photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg police officer is being recognized for his efforts to help those suffering from a mental health crisis.

Officer Tony Powers was given the 2017 Northwest Crisis Intervention Team Award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

His CIT training has led him to help people in the community who are struggling with mental health issues.

Powers is being recognized throughout the northwest.

"Honestly, I was shocked,” he said, “I can't take all the credit because this has been a huge team effort from a lot of different people."

Along with the Officer of the Year award, Powers also received CIT's First Responder Award.

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