Iowa State Police Department announces new campaign focused on mental health


Iowa State Police hand out shirts before the first football game on Sept. 2, 2017.

Thomas Hugo

The Iowa State Police department is bringing a new campaign to campus that focuses on mental health.

Iowa State Police pledged to join the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign.

The name “One Mind” refers to the campaign’s initiative to unite local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations, according to a press release. The goal of the campaign is to improve interactions between the police and those suffering from mental illness.

 “If we are going to be successful, we need a true partnership between police, community, mental health providers, the consumers and their families. Together we are stronger and this program offers an opportunity to make mental health stronger at Iowa State University and [in] the Ames community,” the Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said.

During the next one to three years, Iowa State Police will establish a partnership with community mental health services, develop a model policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illness, train and certify all Iowa State Police officers in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety, and provide crisis intervention training to at least 20 percent of Iowa State’s police officers. Dispatchers and other civilian staff will also be included in the training.