News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – Constable Wynford (Richard) Austin was recently recognised with a leadership award at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) 15th World Congress, held in Baltimore Maryland, U.S.A. from May 19th until May 24th 2019.
The award is in recognition of Constable Austin’s commitment to the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) programme since its inception, providing CISM training to many, as well as setting up mutual aid protocols with local CISM teams including the Bermuda Red Cross and the Employee AssistanceProgramme (EAP) of Bermuda.
Constable Austin, who is the BPS CISM Administrator, was also recognised for leadership shown in responding and assisting the Baltimore Police Department during the aftermath of the 2015 Baltimore riots and in preparing BPS officers for deployment to the British Virgin Islands after the 2017 hurricanes.
Also attending the ICISF 15th World Congress were BPS CISM team members Constable Melvin Best and Constable Anthony Smith, along with mental health volunteer Ms. Gwen Creary.
In addition, the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) had three of their CISM team members participating at the 15th World Congress. Mrs. Doris DeCosta, former BPS Welfare Officer and past EAP of Bermuda Executive Director – was also in attendance to witness Constable Austin’s acceptance of this prestigious award.