(Waukee, IA) -- The Waukee Police Department started its Crisis Intervention Team program on July 1st and since then, the team has responded to 36 calls.
Waukee Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team is called anytime there is a mental health emergency for police to respond to. It consists of CIT officer Chris Kickbush and a social worker.
In addition to having a dedicated CIT officer, the entire police force in Waukee underwent 40 hours of crisis intervention training to help support the new program.
The department will be sharing what it has learned with other police departments around the Des Moines metro area so that they can implement their own crisis intervention teams.