Crisis Support Unit

The Grand Prairie Police Department’s Crisis Support Unit is designed to assist those who are visiting or live within our community that are experiencing a mental health crisis. The unit consists of 2 co-responder teams that partner a masters level, licensed mental health professional, with a specially trained and TCOLE certified mental health peace officer.

This team rides together and are available to assist in a variety of ways. The goal of the crisis support unit is to reduce the stigma of mental health, mitigate the fear associated with law enforcement, and provide a coordinated response and follow up to those in need.

The crisis support unit:

  • Responds to calls for service involving those with various diagnoses that are experiencing a crisis
  • Performs follow ups in home and via phone to assist in coordination of resources
  • Assist with SWAT calls as a resource

The crisis support unit works diligently with our community partners to improve our response to individuals with mental illness, intellectual developmental disorders, and the homeless, and continue to develop innovative model strategies that assist the citizens of Grand Prairie.

We also provide Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to our officers as well as Mental Health Peace Officer Certification training (MHPO).

What to Expect

Among the goals of the Crisis Support Unit are to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and mitigate the fear associated with law enforcement. We approach our work with these goals at the forefront to promote safety and dignity of those experiencing crisis within our community. All interactions with the Crisis Support Unit are confidential in nature, to include reports and resolutions.

If 9 – 1 – 1 is called, the Crisis Support Unit may respond if the incident involves mental health concerns, homelessness, or a variety of crises. When working with the Crisis Support Unit, our team will arrive in an unmarked vehicle and plain clothes. A variety of assessments will be completed including danger to self or others. If individuals meet the criteria for danger to self or others, as referenced in Health and Safety Code 573, the individual may be placed under an Emergency Detention and brought to the closest appropriate hospital for an evaluation. If the individual does not pose a risk to themselves or others and, thus, does not meet criteria for an Emergency Detention, then additional resources will be provided to the individual and/or family members.

The Crisis Support Unit will follow-up with individuals in person or by telephone to address any continued unmet needs.

COPE Program

The crisis support unit oversees the COPE program. The Grand Prairie Police Department’s COPE initiative stands for “Community Outreach Partnership and Education.” This information-sharing program allows first responders to have immediate access to helpful information when encountering those in a mental health crisis. Our first responders are dedicated to partnering with our citizens with disabilities, and it is our proactive goal to have a program in place to assist. In the event a person is unable to properly identify themselves, or becomes lost/disoriented, or might act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders, this information could be accessed rapidly to promote safe and assistive outcomes. For more information, visit Grand Prairie COPE program.

Meet Our Team

Courtney Runnels, LPC, CART

Courtney Runnels, LPC-S, CART

Courtney earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M Commerce. Courtney is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. She is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist.

Courtney currently works as the Crisis Support Supervisor for the Grand Prairie Police Department. She is a crisis interventionist and a liaison between law enforcement and the community. She is the Peer Support Coordinator for the department, working to assist in promoting officer wellness and resiliency. She is a trained hostage negotiator and serves as the mental health professional on the Grand Prairie Crisis Negotiation team.

Courtney provides Crisis Intervention Training, Mental Health Peace Officer Training, and other specialized trainings to the Grand Prairie Police Department. She has experience working with chronically mentally ill adults, persons in crisis and persons affected by trauma.

Officer Greg New

Officer Greg New

Greg New started his law enforcement career in Kissimmee Florida and served the Community from 1988 to 1995. During his time with Kissimmee P.D. he served in the Motorcycle Unit as a Traffic Homicide Investigator, Street Crimes Unit; investigating street level prostitution, narcotics and gangs. He served 5 of his six years on the SWAT team as a sniper, grenadier and entry. Greg returned to Grand Prairie, Texas in April of 1995 and continued his career with the Grand Prairie Police Department; while serving with Grand Prairie Police Department Greg has been assigned to Patrol, School Resource Officer (SRO), Crime Prevention, Problem Solving Unit, and SWAT. Greg holds a Master Peace Officer certification and has obtained several instructor certifications to include, Reality Based Training, NAPD Driving instructor, Defensive Tactics, FBI Chemical Agents, ASP Baton, Taser, RADS, RCB Baton and is a TCOLE certified instructor. Greg is currently assigned as to the Mental Health Unit, dealing with individuals in crisis. Greg has been involved with Texas crime stoppers for approximately 21 years as the past coordinator of the Campus Crime Stoppers and is currently the Coordinator for Grand Prairie Crime Commission / Crime Stoppers. Greg was appointed to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council by Governor Gregg Abbott in 2016, and 2020, currently serving a as Chairman.

Emily Mourik, LMSW

Emily Mourik, LMSW

Emily earned her masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and focused her studies in mental health and substance use disorders. Emily is a licensed masters social worker and is currently working toward obtaining her hours for clinical licensure. She works for Grand Prairie Police Department in the crisis support unit, and is a co-responder with a law enforcement officer. Together, they respond to 911 calls for service that have a mental health component. Emily also works internally at GPPD with the peer support team and provides first responder wellness resources. Emily serves first responders in private practice and is EMDR trained. She has experience working in community mental health and was a crisis Interventionist for a local mental health authority for several years. Emily provides Crisis Intervention training, Mental Health Peace Officer Training, and other specialized trainings to local police departments.

Officer Richardson

Officer Randall Richardson

Officer Randall Richardson has 14 years of experience as a Police Officer, working in Minnesota and Oklahoma, spending the last four years with the Grand Prairie Police Department and he joined the Crisis Support Unit in November of 2020. Officer Richardson started his law enforcement career after serving 4 years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps. Having strong ties to the military and Veterans, Officer Richardson currently serves in the Texas Army National Guard. Officer Richardson is a Senior Instructor for 1-136th Regional Training Institute for the Infantry Advanced Leaders Course in Fort Hood, TX.

Officer Richardson’s credentials include:

  • Master Peace Officer Certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • Associates in Science for Law Enforcement (North Hennepin Community College, MN)
  • Master Resilience Trainer Certification through the United States Army and the University of Pennsylvania
  • TCOLE Basic Instructor Certification


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