OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Police Officer Tyrus Moulder was honored as the Officer of the Quarter Award for the third quarter of 2012.During the third quarter of 2012, Moulder, who is a trained member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to a radio call involving an intoxicated subject who was threatening suicide. Upon making initial contact with the subject, he was able to quickly establish rapport with the distraught person. Using active listening skills and sound police tactics, Moulder resolved this potentially volatile situation by conducting a successful negotiation, thereby saving the life of the resident who was in distress and ensuring the safety of all the officers involved.
Further, Moulder ensured that the resident was treated with respect and ensured that they were immediately provided any needed medical attention.
In his letter announcing the award, Commander of the Field Operation Division, Capt. Tom Aguigui said. “Your actions in this matter exemplify your commitment to our department’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values.”
Oceanside Police Department CNT members are selected after first proving themselves as seasoned field police officers who demonstrate a pattern of sound judgment and decision-making along with a calm approach to very difficult situations. Once selected, negotiators complete a 40-hour Crisis Negotiators Course through the California POST, hosted by the FBI, San Diego Division. Quarterly training is also held throughout the county with local area law enforcement. Additionally, team members attend mandatory monthly in-house training, sometimes with the department’s police SWAT Team on reality-based situations.
In further training, CNT members attend additional schools such as Advanced Negotiator Course, Domestic Violence, and training that deals with handling people who are suffering from mental illness and or crisis. Moulder is a retired U.S. Marine of ore than 20 years and has been with the Oceanside Police Department for 10 years.
The Officer of the Quarter award recognizes police department employees who have provided exemplary service to the community or performed in a manner worthy of recognition.