Major Darren Ivey was appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in September 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 2000 and Captain in September 2012. He has had numerous assignments including his current assignment as the Commander of the Office of Diversity Affairs.
Major Ivey has also served as the Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Commander since 2012 where he leads a well renowned program of over 500 trained CIT members. In partnership with Truman Medical Center’s Behavioral Health, Ivey led a team that developed and teaches a four hour block of training called “Building Resilience: Surviving Secondary Trauma.” This training helps address the occupational risks of secondary trauma and acute stress and since March 2015, over 1,000 people from over 150 different agencies have completed the course.
In his 24 years on the Department, Major Ivey has received over 100 commendations and has served on the Mayor’s Race Relations Task Force; developed the Department’s Explorer Program and Youth Police Academy; served as Law Enforcement Explorer Cluster Chairman for the Boys Scouts of America/Heart of America Council; led the Department’s School Violence Prevention Program, and currently leads the Department’s Lead to Read initiative in which 75 Department members read with Kansas City Public School elementary school students every week.
He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also holds a Basic, Advanced, Youth, and Veteran CIT Certification as well as a Basic and Advanced Certification in Advanced Behavioral Studies. Additionally, he is the Co-Chair of the Mid-America CIT Council, Co-Chair of the Justice Committee of the Resilient KC Initiative; sits on the Police Committee for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), and serves on the Board of Directors for CIT International and Yoga Shield: Yoga for First Responders.
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.