Crisis Service Unit Sergeant Daniel Banicki

I started my career in April of 1996 working in the (OLD) jail as a jail corrections officer, mainly as a booking officer. I was promoted to a sworn Police Officer in January of 1998. I went to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and came back and worked in the jail for a short time before being transferred to the Court House Division. While working in the Court House I was given the opportunity to start working with the firearms division in early 1999. I am still with this division, and I am currently the head firearms instructor.  I am certified in handgun, shotgun, and patrol rifle, as well as a certified armorer for our department. After a little over a year in the courthouse I was transferred to the road patrol division, while on patrol I spent time on all three shifts, Days, Afternoons and Midnights. During this time with the patrol division, I was also a Field Training Officer for nineteen years. In January of 2020 Sheriff Redman moved me from patrol to a newly formed position (Mental Health Liaison). I am also head of the Project Life Saver Sheriff Redman reinstated. I also assist not only inmates but the general public that need help locating mental health help as well as addictions help.  Sheriff Redman then promoted me to Sergeant in September of 2020. During 2021 Sheriff Redman created the Crisis Services Unit which I am in, and currently the Sergeant of the unit.  I am also the Law Enforcement coordinator for the St. Joseph County Crisis Intervention Team which helps train officers in St. Joseph County.