Kiersten Harzewski is currently employed as a Sergeant with New Mexico State Police, Special Operations Bureau. Her responsibilities include commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team which encompasses supervising negotiators and crisis intervention trained officers around the state. Kiersten also works with her team to coordinate the mental health training curriculum. The foundation for this curriculum is Mental Health First Aid. New Mexico State Police conducts MHFA training for all sworn personnel as part of their recruit school and in-service trainings. Civilians and dispatchers also receive this training.
With 24 years of law enforcement experience, Kiersten also works as a National Trainer for the National Council for Behavioral Health. She appreciates the opportunity to travel around the United States instructing officers how to train MHFA to their organizations. Kiersten believes that law enforcement officers, with proper training, will step up to what their community expects of them. MHFA is part of that training.
She has been married to her husband Tom for 15 years. Their daughters are Monica, Kathryn and Amanda and her grandson is Andre. Kiersten cherishes time with her family to include either a quite day at home, a picnic at the park watching Andre play baseball, or a hike, mountain biking or skiing in the mountains of New Mexico.