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A Cheektowaga police lieutenant who’s part of the department’s new Crisis Response Team has been recognized by the University at Buffalo for “Outstanding Contributions to the Community and the Department of Psychiatry.”

Lt. Brian Gould and his team respond to calls and situations that involve individuals with mental health issues, to provide proper assessment, treatment and/or resources in an attempt to avoid having the individual enter the criminal justice system.

“This award is greatly appreciated and is in recognition of all of the hard work that all of the police officers on our team have done,” said Gould, who was honored by UB’s Department of Psychiatry earlier this month.

The lieutenant was selected for the honor by Dr. Michael Cummings, executive director of behavioral health integration at Erie County Medical Center. Cummings, who’s worked with Gould on occasion since 2009, said he looks at two criteria: someone who has a significant impact on the psychiatric well-being of our community in a collaborative manner; and someone who, in the absence of the award, may be unknown to the wider psychiatric community.

“The award is nice but having the winner be known to the larger psychiatric world fosters greater potential for future collaboration,” Cummings said.

“Brian’s leadership, collaboration and willingness to think outside the box with difficult cases are a few reasons why I chose to pick him this year,” Cummings said.