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Word on the Street A monthly newsletter produced by the Kissimmee Police Department

May 2009 Issue 27

Kissimmee Police Department, 8 North Stewart Ave., Kissimmee, FL 34741 police.kissimmee.org 407-847-0176 Email: kpd-info@kissimmee.org

Kissimmee Police Officers Participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run INSIDE THIS ISSUE

On May 6, 2009, members of the Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Cloud Police Department participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Florida.

Kissimmee Police report a slight decrease in crime in 2008

The Osceola Leg of the run began at Toho Square in Kissimmee at 8:00 a.m. The group proceeded down Broadway to Neptune Road. The run ended at the St. Cloud Civic Center, approximately 9 miles.

2009 Law Enforcement Memorial

KPD looking for armed robbery suspect

This run is designed to build awareness and excitement for the upcoming Special Olympics Summer Games that will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The final leg of the run will be held on May 15, 2009 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

Crime Statistics for March 2009 In March 2009, the Kissimmee Police Department received 8,875 calls for service compared to 8,416 calls for service in 2008. Below is a 2008-2009 comparison of certain crime incidents that occurred in February. 2008 2009 Aggravated Assault 8 4 Aggravated Battery 10 9 Auto Theft 22 16 Burglary Conveyance 61 45 Burglary Business 14 4 Burglary Hotel 0 5 Burglary Residential 38 51 Homicide 0 0 Robbery–Armed 6 6 Robbery-Unarmed 0 3 Below is a comparison of other types of contacts made during February. Arrests Arrests (Juvenile) Accidents Citations Traffic Stops

2008 179 28 180 1661 1957

2009 162 39 178 1113 1840


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Kissimmee Police Report a Slight Decrease in Crime in 2008 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement published the crime statistics for 2008 recently. The report shows that major crimes such as, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, are down County wide about 1 percent from 2007. Kissimmee’s major crimes showed a slight decrease from 3,362 to 3,358 or 0.8 percent. Though burglary still remains the most prevalent crime in the City, it is down over 15% from 2006. The Department attributes the decrease to the continued educational campaigns, such as See It Say It and Lock, Keep and Take. “KPD will continue to educate the citizens as it encourages crime prevention,” said Public Information Officer, Stacie Miller, “The Lock, Keep and Take campaign is a reminder to citizens to lock their car, keep their keys and take their belongings with them when exiting their vehicle. Education remains a very important component of law enforcement.” The Department believes the key to keeping up with crime trends is to evaluate crime as it is happening. Members of each division of the department meet once a month to evaluate the crime statistics as a group and generate a plan to combat trends. “We continue to stress to our residents, if you see something suspicious, say it, report it to law enforcement,” said Chief Iwanski, “Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility and our See It Say It campaign has been very successful in reminding residents to report anything suspicious to us. Being able to report that crime is down, even just slightly, tells me that all of our methods are making a difference.”

The 2009 Law Enforcement Memorial Service On May 13, 2009 the St. Cloud Police Department hosted the 2009 Law Enforcement Memorial Service. The event was held at the St. Cloud Lakefront. Members of the St. Cloud Police Department, Kissimmee Police Department and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office gathered at the Performing Arts Pavilion at the St. Cloud Lakefront to honor those fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. The event opened with the multi-agency motorcycle unit entering the venue with lights flashing and the multi-agency color guard then presented the colors. St. Cloud Chief Darryl Holliday welcomed the group and introduced the key note speaker, The Honorable Malcom Thompson, Osceola County Clerk of the Court and retired Kissimmee Police Officer. In June of 1997, Officer Thompson responded to a suspicious person call, not knowing the person he was encountering had several felony warrants and was being sought by the Sheriff’s Office for crimes committed that evening. The suspect overheard the radio transmission stating the confirmation of the warrants; he pulled out a gun and shot Officer Thompson four times, two of those struck Officer Thompson in the head. Even after being shot, Office Malcom Thompson did not hesitate as the gunman put his gun to the head of another person; Officer Thompson shot and killed the gunman. Officer Malcom Thompson survived the ordeal that eventually ended his law enforcement career. In his speech, Malcom Thompson honored those that made the ultimate sacrifice. At the conclusion of the service, the family members of the fallen heroes received a rose from the Color Guard in memory of their loved one.


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Kissimmee Police Looking for Armed Robbery Suspect Kissimmee Police Detectives are looking for an armed robber who held up the CVS Pharmacy located at 1300 East Vine Street on Sunday, May 10, 2009. At approximately 1:45 p.m. the suspect entered the CVS Pharmacy. He approached the counter and attempted to make a minor purchase. When the cashier opened the drawer the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a knife in his waistband and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one in the store was injured during the incident. The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 20 and 30, approximately 5’9” – 6’ tall and weighing about 180-190 pounds. He has short dark hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a faded blue baseball cap, sunglasses, a white long sleeved shirt with writing on the front and back, a black undershirt, black jeans and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information on this suspect or the crime is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Department’s Major Crimes Division at 407-846-3333 or by email at seeitsayit@kissimmee.org or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)

Kissimmee Police Department Public/Media Relations Unit 8 North Stewart Ave. Kissimmee, FL 34741 Phone: 407.847.0176 Report it: seeitsayit@kissimmee.org


May Edition of Word on the Street