Meet the Team

Hero Help Addiction and Behavioral Health Unit Executive Officers

Major John Treadwell

Captain Treadwell has been a member of the New Castle County Police Department since June 1994.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University with a minor in Business and a Master of Science Administration of Justice from Wilmington University with a concentration in Leadership and Administration. Captain Treadwell has served in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Unit, as the Staff Executive Officer, a Patrol Squad Commander, Commander of the Professional Standards Unit, the Patrol Section and Canine Unit Commander, the Technology & Special Projects Commander, and is currently serving as the Behavioral Health Unit Section Commander. He also commanded the Crisis Negotiation Team 2007-2013 and is currently an advisor to the team. Captain Treadwell also oversees the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) and the Veterans Response Team (VRT).  Captain Treadwell also sits on the Crisis Intervention Committee (CIT), the Access to Justice Policing subcommittee and the Behavioral Health Consortium’s Law Enforcement/Corrections subcommittee. In October of 2018 Captain Treadwell was named the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer of the year by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Captain Treadwell is dedicated to Community Policing and participates in the Ballard Reading Buddies Programs, in addition to presenting Mental Health programs to the school community.   Captain Treadwell is trained in both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  

Lieutenant Allen Herring

Lt. Allen Herring was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University in 1998. Allen has been in law enforcement in Delaware for 22 years, starting his career with Wilmington Police Department from 1999-2004 at which time he became an officer with New Castle County Police Department. As an officer Allen has served as a Detective with the Drug Control Squad prior to being promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Allen worked as a supervisor in the Patrol Division, the Mobile Enforcement Team and then returned to the Drug Control Squad. Allen was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017 were he supervised a Patrol Squad prior to his current position as the Hero Help Behavioral Health Unit Executive Officer.  Allen proudly served in the Army Reserves as a member of the Military Police Corps for 13 years obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Allen served overseas tours in Kosovo in 2002 and in Iraq in 2003. Off duty Allen coaches girl’s lacrosse for his daughter’s teams and enjoys spending time with the family at the beach.

Mental Health Unit

Officer First Class
Colleen Kearns

Officer First Class Colleen Kearns has been in law enforcement for 16 years, the last seven year with New Castle County Police. She has served in the Patrol Division, Community Services Unit, Bicycle Patrol Unit and is currently assigned to the New Castle County Division of Police Hero Help Addiction and Behavior Health Unit. In 2017 she was the first officer in the Mental Health Unit and she has been working to help expand the unit to better serve the needs of the Community. As an officer in the Mental Health Unit, she works with a mental Health professional to respond to 911 crisis calls. 

Officer First Class Colleen Kearns has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed the NAMI Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) training, a 40-hour class that provides education for police officer on mental health crisis. Currently, she teaches suicidal assessment and awareness, C.I.T. “hearing voices” exercises and assists with the role playing exercises. In the New Castle County Police Academy, she teaches: Autism Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, Diversity Training, Education on the Mental Health Unit and response to Mental Health calls for service.

Officer First Class
Omari George

Officer Omari George was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Officer Omari has several years of experience as a Case Manager/Treatment Counselor working with individuals, both adult and children, with mental health diagnosis in the city of New York, state of Hawaii and Delaware. He was responsible for providing clinical services, advocacy, engagement, outreach, psycho-education, coordination of care, and individual counseling to clients dealing with mental illness. Officer Omari also provided services for individuals and their families in the home, school and community settings, which were designed to ensure safety and stability of the children/adolescents, to promote successful functioning in the home, school and community.Prior to being hired by New Castle County Division of Police he worked as a Delaware State Probation/Parole Officer with an Adult Mental Health caseload and in the Sex Crimes Unit Electronic Monitoring. Omari has been on the Crisis Intervention Team since 2017, Crisis Negotiation Team since 2018 and in January 2020 he was assigned to the Hero Help Behavioral Health Unit.  Officer Omari has been with New Castle County Division of Police for 6 years and his hobbies include reading and working out.

Master Corporal Tracey Duffy

Master Corporal (M/Cpl.) Tracey Duffy grew up in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area and graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware. She attended Delaware State University and graduated with her B.A. in Sociology (Criminal Justice) with a minor in Biology. She later earned her Master’s in Social Work from Widener University. M/Cpl. Duffy has proudly served her country as a sworn member of the United States Army Reserves and the Delaware Army National Guard.

Master Corporal Duffy had always aspired to join the law enforcement community and began her career in law enforcement with the New Castle County Police Department in August 2004. She has served in the Professional Development Unit, Special Projects and Technology Section and is currently assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division.  M/Cpl. Duffy is also an auxiliary officer assigned to the Behavioral Health Unit. 

M/Cpl. Duffy has been a member of the New Castle County Crisis Negotiation Team and is a Critical Incident Stress Management Team Leader. In addition, she is a member of both the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Veterans Response Team (VRT). 

Jessica Stewart

Jessica is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor (CADC). Jessica obtained an Associates Degree in Human Services and Drug & Alcohol Counseling from Delaware Technical Community College. Jessica also obtained a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and most recently, obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. Jessica is currently working towards obtaining her clinical license in social work. 

Prior to taking on the role as the Mental Health Case Manager (MHCM) for the NCCPD’s Behavioral Health Unit, Jessica worked as a Clinician/Recovery Navigator with RI International’s Restart Program, where she served as an advocate, direct peer support, mental health professional, and case-manager for individuals with dual-diagnoses and/or co-occurring disorders. Jessica also has previous experience working as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor with Connections Women’s Residential Program and Pace Inc. In addition to her work experience, Jessica has previous experience serving as a Psychiatric Social Work intern at The Rockford Center. 

Jessica is a creative and innovative social work professional with extensive experience and strong background working directly with individuals with social, emotional, mental, and/or substance abuse/addiction. Jessica strives to utilize a client-centric/strength-based and trauma-informed approach with all individuals in need. Jessica is committed to motivating, inspiring, and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential.

Hero Help Unit

Andrea Swan

Andrea has her BA in Psychology from Neumann University and a Master’s in social work from West Chester University. Her previous experience includes working at Nemours/ A.I. duPont Hospital in the Pediatric ICU, the State of Delaware including family court and the Division of Family Services, Mobile Crisis through Delaware Guidance Services assisting NCC youth and most recently Children & Families First Healthy Families Delaware Program.  Andrea has experience working with children and their families who suffer from emotional regulation problems, depression and anxiety. She has helped individuals learn how to cope with traumatic events that have occurred by utilizing evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches and interventions.  Andrea’s goal is to help individuals improve the quality of their lives and their overall well-being. 

Tory Bello

Tory Bello is a Registered Nurse for the Hero Help program. She was born and raised in Delaware and went to Cab Calloway School of the Arts as a vocal and musical theater major. After graduating Tory went to Delaware Technical and Community College for her Nursing degree. Tory worked as a recovery specialist at the Rockford Center while in school for nursing. When she got her nursing degree Tory was PRN on all units of the psychiatric facility until she accepted a full-time position as Charge Nurse on the End unit which specializes in dual diagnosis and detox. Tory has experience in many areas of nursing as she continued her nursing career at Kent General hospital on unit 4A, Recovery Centers of America, Amedisys Hospice, and Gateway Foundation. Tory has a passion for helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. She enjoys talking to others and learning things about their lives. When Tory is not working, she enjoys singing and performing for fun. Tory has a love for animals, (especially her Corgi Tucker and her munchkin cat Kona) and everything Disney. 

Volunteers

Kate Lott

Kate is a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Delaware and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. She has clinical and nursing experience working with the substance use disorder population as well as individuals with diagnosed with mental disorders. She has worked at Northeast Treatment Centers for 8 years starting as a part-time nurse, promoted to the Director of Nursing at Kirkwood Recovery Center as acted as the Director for three years. 

Kate is the point of contact for treatment in the HERO Help Program, a nationally recognized, pre-arrest diversion program started by the New Castle County Police Department. She has played an integral role in the development of the unit and its outreach efforts. Kate holds a certificate in Narcan DOSE train the trainer, which enables her to train individuals on the safe storage and use of Narcan while on outreach. She has participated in collaborative operations to address quality of life issues with the New Castle County Police, assisting in encouraging treatment for individuals who are the victim of sex trafficking. She has volunteered countless hours working with the Hero Help program conducting outreach. 

She works very closely with HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) to promote effective collaboration between public health and public safety throughout the region and has been recognized as a subject matter expert on addiction by the State.