Crisis Intervention Team
The Winters Police Department is excited to announce a new addition to our team. K-9 Kepi and Chaplain Robert Duvall went into service January 1st (2016) as a State Certified Crisis Intervention Team.
K-9 Kepi, a two year old black Labrador, was provided to Chaplain/K-9 Handler Robert Duvall from Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa. Robert lived at the training facility for two weeks perfecting Kepi's 42 commands, field training, and practicing scenario drills. Robert and Kepi graduated on November 6th, 2015 as a State Certified Facility Dog and Crisis Intervention Team.
One of Kepi's functions is to provide support to first responders after a trauma or crisis event. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something that every First Responder faces during their career. The team will be an immediate resource to Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS personnel. Robert and Kepi are also available to the residents of Winters during times of trauma, such as the death of a loved one.
K-9 Kepi will be featured during special events in the City and the Crisis Intervention Team is available to all first responder agencies in Yolo and Solano Counties. Robert and Kepi are volunteers and provide this service at no cost to the agencies. Both Robert and Kepi are approachable and would love to meet everyone in the City. Be sure to stop and say hello when you see them out and about the community.
Our mission is to support our first responders, their families, and communities during times of difficulty.
The Crisis Intervention Team is resource to Fire, Law Enforcement, and EMS personnel who face difficult calls on a daily basis. One of K-9 Kepi's functions is to provide support to first responders after a trauma or crisis event. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something that every First Responder faces during their career. The team will be an immediate resource to Fire, Law Enforcement, and EMS personnel.
Chaplain Robert Duvall and K-9 Kepi are also available to the residents of Yolo and Solano Counties during times of trauma, such as the death of a loved one.
K-9 partner Kepi is the first dog in this type of crisis intervention assignment. K-9 Kepi is a certified facility dog in addition to being a crisis intervention dog and holds the title of Chaplain.
About Our Team
Chaplain Robert Duvall serves as the handler for the Chaplain/ Crisis Intervention Team for the Yolo Solano Crisis Intervention Team. He stated the program by serving the City of Winters Police and Fire Departments in Yolo County and the City of Dixon Police Department in Solano County.
He began his career in the 1980s as a Paramedic for the City of Richmond, CA. He retired in 2012 from the Contra Costa County Sheriff Office.
In over 20 years in Public Safety, he saw first-hand the struggle of first responders to maintain their emotional, mental, and overall wellbeing. He decided that there needed to be a resource available to first responder. He thought about how he could better serve First Responders and applied for and received a specially trained canine.
K-9 Kepi was specifically paired with Chaplain Duvall due to her ability to sense emotional stress, a talent that was heightened during her three week training course. She has been trained to provide both active (moving to be touched) and passive (sitting still) emotional support.
“As a Chaplain, I can take care of the Spiritual well-being and as a Crisis Intervention Specialist I can cover just about everything else.”- Chaplain Duvall
The Crisis Intervention Team is available 24/7 and can respond to anywhere in Yolo and Solano County within an hour. In Yolo County they are currently based in the City of Winters and assigned as Chaplains to the Winters Police Department and Winters Fire Department. In Solano County they are currently based in the City of Dixon and assigned as Chaplains to the Dixon Police Department.
Chaplain Duvall and K-9 Kepi are volunteers and provide service to any agency at no cost.
They can be activated through the Yolo or Solano Emergency Communications Agencies for emergency call outs (just ask the Dispatcher to activate Chaplain Duvall and K-9 Kepi). In Yolo County the team has been issued the call sign of 5C1.
If you would like to book the team for a presentation or station visit, please contact Chaplain Robert Duvall by phone at (530) 795-2261 ext 146 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday- Friday.
How you can be involved
Because Chaplain Duvall and K-9 Kepi are volunteers, they do not have a budget to cover costs of dog food, grooming, or vehicle costs (such as maintenance, registration, or fuel). Donations ensure the financial support needed to keep this program available to all.
If you would like to contribute to the team, please contact Chaplain Duvall by phone at (530) 795-2261 ext 146 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.