For immediate release: November 23, 2015
IPD Sergeant Awarded for Crisis Intervention Team Life Saving Act
On November 19th, Sergeant Seth Bosch was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Kansas City as their Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year. He was also selected by our police department as the IPD CIT Officer of the Year.
On July 14, 2015 at approximately 2:00 am, patrol officers conducted a pedestrian check on a male subject at I-70 and Noland Rd. Immediately upon contacting the subject, he threatened to jump off the bridge that he was straddling. The patrol officers on the scene were unable to establish effective communication with the subject.
Sgt. Bosch, who is a crisis negotiator, was requested to respond to the location. Sgt. Bosch was able to open a dialogue with the subject who was upset about a recent break up with his girlfriend. He continued to speak with the subject for approximately an hour while the subject continued to straddle the bridge for the entire time.
Sgt. Bosch conveyed later that after speaking with the subject he believed that he was close to jumping and feared for the life of the subject. He had been able to close the distance with the subject while engaged in conversation and when the time presented itself, he was able to grab a hold of the subject and take him down from the bridge.
As a result of Sgt. Bosch’s actions, the life of the subject was quite possibly saved. He remained calm in a stressful situation bringing about a positive conclusion to what could have been very tragic.