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Janesville Police Officer Todd Radloff Awarded Letter of Commendation

According to an update from the Janesville Police Department, they have awarded a Letter of Commendation to Officer Todd Radloff. This award is given by the Chief of Police to any employee who performs a particularly noteworthy act of service. On January 6 at about 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a suicidal subject. Officers arrived on scene and started to develop a plan to initiate contact with the subject. Radloff and the rest of the team of officers armed with less lethal options, approached on foot. Officer Radloff engaged in dialogue with the subject, who was still armed with a knife. He talked with the subject with a calm, clear, and concise tone. Upon initial contact the subject refused to listen to Radloff when he asked them to put the knife down. Officer Radloff continued to be compassionate and provided safe alternatives for the subject in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. The subject eventually placed the knife onto the ground. After about five minutes of speaking with the subject, Officer Radloff had successfully de-escalated the situation and the subject was taken into custody safely with no force used. The subject received the mental health treatment they needed. If you or somebody you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. For additional mental health resources, visit namiwisconsin.org.


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