Mental health aide joins APD

A mental health and community assistance program continues to evolve in the Algona Police Department.

“This is all a work in progress. The final blue print is not even close to being done,” Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said. “The end result is going to be the willingness and the availability of volunteers.”

Jenna Shipler recently volunteered to help with the community assistance police partnership program. She joins Kayti Pohlman, one of the few police social workers in the state, who has been involved as a volunteer since 2017.  

Recently, the Algona Police Department received a grant as part of the national CARES Act for mental health through Northwest Iowa Cares Connection. The grant will help with mental health response during COVID-19. It provides funds for technology, communication devices and uniforms so people can identify the volunteers. “It is a starting point to launch the program,” Pohlman said.

 

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