LAYTON — Layton police officer Anthony Yuen has received the Crisis Intervention Team Utah Officer of the Year Award. Yuen was presented with the award during this year's National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah conference.

Crisis Intervention Teams are made up of officers who have received specialized training to help them identify signs and symptoms of various mental disorders. Through the training, the officers build relationships with mental health agencies, making it easier to work together on mental health issues.

Yuen was nominated for the award by Layton Police Sgt. James Petre, who said he witnessed Yuen use the skills he learned in training to help a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Petre said Yuen’s intervention most likely prevented a physical confrontation with the veteran.