Major Darren Ivey was appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in September 1992. He served as the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Commander from 2012 – 2018 and through a partnership with Truman Medical Center’s Behavioral Health, Ivey led a team that developed a block of training called “Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma.” This training helps address the occupational risks for secondary trauma and acute stress in first responders (as well as military) and allied civilian support staff.
Major Ivey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and a master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He has an International Critical Incident Stress (ICISF) certification for Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention and was an inaugural member of the first Commander Peer Support Group in the country. Additionally, he is the past Co-Chair of the Mid-America CIT Council and Justice Committee of the Resilient KC Initiative and is part of the Code 9 Project Team. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP); CIT International; and Pause First Project.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Major Ivey was a proud member of the United States Air Force (1983-1992) where he served in support of Operation Desert Storm and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (#274).