Raytown Police 2014 Annual Report

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Significant Department Statistics


Year In Review


Organizational Chart


Patrol Division


Investigations & Crime Analysis


Community Services


S.W.A.T., C.N.T., & C.I.T.


Public Information Unit


Professional Standards & Internal Affairs


Use of Force, Physical Fitness, & Defensive Tactics


Detention & Property and Supply Unit


Communications & Records




Credits & Disclaimer



Mission Statement/Message From the Chief


Mission Statement The mission of the Raytown Police Department is to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity.




Calls For Service The Communications Unit received a total of 55,736 telephone calls. Not every phone call they received resulted in an officer being dispatched. Some are handled by dispatch, transferred to another agency, or are calls that don’t require an officer to be dispatched. Some calls are just intended for a detective at the station. In 2014 we recorded 25,501 calls for service. The majority of those came from members of the public, but 35% were officer initiated activity (for example, car stops, building checks, traffic details, follow up investigations, etc.). 6% were administrative tasks, such as prisoner transfers, court, escorts, training assignments, etc. 35000 30000

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*Not every incident report documents criminal activity. Oftentimes, an incident report is used to document things such as recovered property, unattended deaths, or juvenile activity that is not criminal, or civil issues.

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* On 2/20/14, Falonzo Davis shot and killed Steven Jones in the parking lot of 10750 E 350 Hwy. Davis was convicted of Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action in February 2015 and is awaiting sentencing. * On 8/26/14, Patterson Jennings was found shot and killed in the street at 69th & Hunter. Detectives later charged Jayron Wright with Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action by Jackson County Prosecutors and is awaiting trial. * On 10/24/14, Monteario Hogan was shot and killed in the back alley at 5252 Blue Ridge Blvd. Malcolm Johnson was charged with Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action by Jackson County Prosecutors and is awaiting trial. 3 Homicides

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Sex Crimes The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape has recently been changed, and was previously very narrow. Refer to DISCLAIMER on page 32. Instead of using that definition, we’re reporting every crime of a sexual nature. This includes rape, other sexual assault, sexual misconduct and statutory rape. In all 29 cases that were reported in 2014 (some of which actually happened months or years before being reported), only one case involved a suspect who was a stranger to the victim. In all others, the suspect was a family member, neighbor, friend, or had some other relationship with the victim or victims. Based on data from the previous three years, we can expect to have between 31 and 45 cases per year. 50


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Three homicides occurred in Raytown in 2014 and all three cases were solved by detectives with charges filed:


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Robberies We had 36 robberies in 2014, down one from 2013. Normally we have between 36 and 40 robberies a year, so this year fell within expectations. A quarter of these were unarmed (so called “strongarm� because the assailant used their hands or some kind of bodily force to take property from the victim(s)). In all four bank robberies, the suspects passed a note demanding cash. When a weapon was actually used, handguns were the most common. 44% of cases involved a weapon such as a gun or knife, and cash or small electronics like cell phones were the most common items taken. Robberies 50







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Aggravated Assault Aggravated assault is any assault in which serious bodily harm was caused or a deadly weapon was involved. There were 56 assaults that rose to that level in 2014, which is within the expected range from the previous three years (2011-2013) of 44 to 59 cases per year. In those 56 cases, 57% involved people in a domestic situation (spouses, significant others, family members or roommates). Another 21% involved people who know each other in some other capacity-friends, acquaintances, neighbors, etc. Only 11 aggravated assaults were situations in which the victim claimed to not know their attacker. Several of these were road rage situations, and several others involved shots fired into an occupied house. Aggravated Assaults

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Auto thefts have held steady for the last four years, though we saw a slight decrease from 2013 to 2014. Again, this includes all vehicles stolen, not just those that would have been counted under UCR rules. There were 118 cases in which a car was stolen or attempted stolen in 2014. Of those completed thefts, almost half (48%) were cars that had been left running unattended or had the keys left in them, (it doesn’t get any easier for a criminal to steal a car than when the keys are left inside.) We were able to recover 82% of the stolen cars, but sometimes the owner didn’t get all their property back or the car had been wrecked.

Stealings Stealings also dropped in 2014, to 866 from 940 in 2013. While we saw a decrease, 2014 still fell squarely within the expected number of cases. Over half of the cases in 2014 (53%) were for shoplifting. The most common items shoplifted were clothes, consumables, and beauty supplies/ Stealings makeup. 1000







We saw a significant decrease in burglaries in 2014, dropping by 45 cases from 2013 to 2014. The majority of that decrease was in residential burglaries. Normally (based on data from 2011-2013), we can expect between 188 and 227 residential burglaries a year. In 2014, we only recorded 157. The most common entry point for all burglaries was the front door (73), followed by the rear door (42) and a window (30). In 25 cases, the suspects broke the glass pane out of a door in order to reach through to unlock it. Electronics and jewelry were targeted in the majority of cases. 1/5th of all burglaries occurred at vacant or unoccupied residences/buildings, primarily because of suspects who were specifically targeting appliances and scrap metal, such as copper wiring or pipes.



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Y ear I n R eview Key Accomplishments & Notable Events During the year 2014, the Raytown Police Department continued in its efforts to enhance its service to the residents of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives were held to enhance communication and cooperation with our residents.

during times of weather emergencies (including extreme temperatures, hot or cold, and storms.) The service is free to qualifying Raytown residents, which could include the disabled, elderly and frail, or those relying on a health device powered by electricity.

Early in 2014, Sergeant Michelle Rogers was promoted to the rank of Captain, making her the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Department’s history. Captain Rogers has 25 years of law enforcement experience.

On the night of 04/11/14, the Raytown Police Department hosted a virtual ride along, or “tweet-along,” on its Twitter account, @RaytownPD. Viewers “patrolled” with one of Raytown Police’s “Night Squads.” Tweet-alongs offer an opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse into police work.

The Raytown Police activated the H.E.A.R. Program in March of 2014, in response to the extremely cold temperature. H.E.A.R. is the Health Emergency Assistance Registry, with the purpose of providing assistance to at-risk residents, who are registered in the program,

P.O. Ronald Davis (left) Sgt. Dyon Harper (Right)

Twice in 2014, the Police Department hosted Drug Take Back Days with the DEA. This program helps prevent potential abuse of prescription drugs, but perhaps more importantly, reduces the contamination they cause to our water supplies. Raytown Police Sergeant Gilbert Anderson completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Crisis Negotiation Course, held at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, on 09/19/14. The two week, intensive course included hostage, kidnapping, and barricade situations. Sgt. Anderson was one of only two domestic officers invited to attend the specialized training, along with international officers and FBI Agents.


On 05/23/14, Raytown Police Officers participated in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. The 7.2 mile route

On 06/03/14, 20 people graduated from the Raytown Community Emergency Response Team training, and joined others to form a CERT Team in Raytown. The CERT Program teaches volunteer citizens disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area in which they live. (Pictured Above) The Raytown Police Department hosted a Safety Fair event in the summer of 2014. The

New Website

event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and policecommunity partnerships. The evening was dedicated to crime prevention and awareness within the community. Raytown Police Sergeant Michael McDonough (retired) and Detective Shawn Didde were recognized in November of 2014 at the 8th annual “Heroes for Heartland� Law Enforcement banquet, hosted by the Heartland Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD. Det. Didde was recognized for his Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement work in 2013. Sgt. McDonough was recognized for his DWI enforcement work during his 39-year long career serving the citizens of Raytown.

Sgt. McDonough (Left) Chief Lynch (Right)

The Raytown Police Department announced the launch of its new website, www.raytownpolice.org , in November of 2014. The new website is used to enhance communication, and create partnerships, with the citizens and businesses of Raytown. The website provides information for police and public partnering opportunities, including Citizen Police Academies and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Career and volunteer opportunities will also be posted as they become available.


began on E. 63 Street, Raytown, and ended at the Kansas City Police Department South Patrol Campus, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. Over the last 30 years, Missouri Law Enforcement agencies have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which supports Special Olympics Missouri.



The Patrol Division provides immediate law enforcement response to reported crimes and other emergencies, as well as conducts proactive enforcement of suspected criminal activity and traffic offenses. The Uniform Patrol Division is comprised of four Patrol Squads and one Traffic Unit. Each Patrol Squad has one Sergeant and one Corporal who lead the activities of the officers assigned to their squad. There are twenty-six Patrol Officers that are strategically assigned to the four Patrol Squads. The primary responsibilities of officers assigned to the Patrol Squads include responding to and investigating calls for law enforcement service and conducting proactive criminal and traffic law enforcement.

officers assigned to the Traffic Unit include the investigation of motor vehicle collisions and the proactive enforcement of traffic laws.

Color Guard The Color Guard Unit is responsible for representing the Raytown Police Department during special formal events, including ceremonies with flag presentations, parades, civil ceremonies, funerals, and any other approved event. The Color Guard Unit is comprised of as many as nine officers, who volunteer for the position. Most of the volunteers have military experience where they received extensive training in performing marching drills and ceremony protocol. Each member is required to have a high level of self-discipline.

The Traffic Unit has one Sergeant and three Patrol Officers. The primary responsibilities of the

Activities in which the Color Guard was utilized: 01/29/14 – Funeral Service for a former Raytown Police Department Detective 02/08/14 – Flag presentation for the 8th Annual Fraternal Order of Police, Policeman’s Ball 05/16/14 – Flag presentation for Raytown Night at Kauffman Stadium 12/13/14 – Flag presentation for the Raytown Police Department’s Annual Awards Ceremony

* Total Number of Events – 25501

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*Selected Calls for Service Injury Accidents – 164 Non-Injury Accidents – 734 Burglaries – 435 Alarms -- 2109 Disturbances – 1545 Stealings – 1314 Missing Persons – 141 Noise Disturbances – 337 Robberies – 36 Stolen Autos – 169 Suspicious Persons/Activities – 1676 Suicide/Suicide Attempts/Mental Crisis – 109 Firearm Related – 171 * * * * *

Car Stops – 6147 Citations Issued - 5930 Pedestrian Checks – 186 Total Incident Reports – 3022 Total Arrests Booked – 3072

**The above list does not include every call type (there are over 70) and only represents the initial call type that the Dispatcher assigns when the call is first sent to officers and is based entirely off the information that the caller provides. Once they arrive, officers at the scene may determine that a different crime occurred (such as a burglary instead of a robbery) or no crime at all. Only a small portion (12%) of calls for service result in a criminal incident report.


In addition to other duties, including report writing and neighborhood patrol, the Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to many calls for service in 2014, which resulted in many reports and arrests, including:


Detectives are responsible for investigating a case and following through to conviction, if possible.

A variety of factors determine when a case is assigned to an investigator, including things like the presence of significant physical evidence, witnesses, or a known offender.


The Special Enforcement Unit is comprised of two Detectives. The Detectives are responsible for narcotics-related crimes and illegal firearms possession crimes. They are also responsible for conducting special details, ranging from under age purchase of alcohol to surveillance of criminal activity.

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They are responsible for Crime Scene Investigations, collecting and processing evidence, and conducting interviews and interrogations. Raytown Detectives complete the same crime scene training that Kansas City Police Crime Scene Technicians do.

In 2014, we had 218 cases in which drugs or paraphernalia were located.



The Criminal Investigations Unit has eight Detectives and two Sergeants. These Detectives are responsible for investigating “property” and “persons” crimes. Six Detectives are general assignment Detectives, one Detective is assigned to Domestic Violence cases and the other is the Juvenile Detective. General Assignment Detectives are responsible for the investigation of a wide variety of crimes ranging from larceny to homicide. The Domestic Violence Detective is responsible for investigating crimes against family members and acting as a liaison with domestic violence support groups. The Juvenile Detective is responsible for investigating all crimes involving juveniles, working with the Raytown School District, and conducting the Raytown Youth Court.

The Raytown Police Department has employed a full time civilian crime analyst since 2010. The crime analyst is part of the Investigations Division, but provides support to all administrative and operational units within the department. The main goal of crime analysis is to help the department become more effective through better information. The analyst’s duties include analyzing and summarizing data, disseminating crime and intelligence data, and identifying crime series and patterns. This can help other police units solve crimes, find and apprehend offenders, detect and solve community problems, educate the public, optimize internal operations and plan for future resource needs. Another integral job of the analyst is to share crime information with surrounding agencies. Criminals don’t stop at the city limits, and with so many separate police departments and sheriff’s

offices in the greater Kansas City metro area, cooperation between jurisdictions is incredibly important. The crime analyst is also responsible for maintaining departmental statistical information. This information is used to measure the effectiveness of policing efforts as well as allocate resources. The crime analyst is also responsible for maintaining our public crime map, which is available at www. raidsonline.com. The department partnered with Bair Analytics, Inc. in 2010 to bring this public service to all Raytown residents. The map, which is a completely free service provided by Bair Analytics, is updated daily with new incident reports and contains data going back to 2008. Citizens can set up free email alerts for any address in Raytown to be automatically notified of any crimes reported within a set distance of that address. This is a great way for residents to keep up to date with what’s going on in their neighborhood.

Crime Mapping Stay informed about crime in your neighborhood!



Crime Analysis


Community Services The Raytown Police Department hosted a Safety Fair event in the summer of 2014, at Kenagy Park. The event, held annually since 2012, was attended by approximately 500 people, double the number in attendance of the 2012 event. The event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The evening was dedicated to crime prevention and awareness within the community. The event allowed the public to get an up-close and personal look at Police Cars, Fire Trucks, Ambulances, and Public Works trucks.

Citizens Academy


The Raytown Police Department hosted a Citizen’s Police Academy in 2014, which had 17 citizens in attendance. Previous “Police Academies,� offered since 2012, have proven to be very popular with area citizens, who have filled classes to capacity. Graduates

of academies often continue to volunteer at the Department after the academies are over, to help with special events and other efforts by the Department to enhance public safety.

In 2014, two C.E.R.T. classes were held, in which there were a total of 35 citizens in attendance. The C.E.R.T. Program teaches volunteer citizens disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area in which they live. The training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Graduates joined others to form a CERT Team in Raytown.

H.E.A.R. is the Health Emergency Assistance Registry, with the purpose of providing assistance to at-risk residents, who are registered in the program, during times of weather emergencies (including extreme temperatures, hot or cold, and storms.) The service is designed for the disabled, elderly and frail, or those relying on a health device powered by electricity. The Raytown Police activated the H.E.A.R. Program in March of 2014, in response to the extremely cold temperature.

Crime Free Lifestyles The Crime Free Lifestyles program is similar to a “block watch” or “neighborhood watch” program, but is tailored to individuals that want to make a commitment to keep themselves and their neighborhoods as crime free as possible. The

program includes training on crime recognition and prevention and a security inspection of the home. There are four officers qualified to administer the program.

Ride-Alongs The Ride-Along Program enables the general public to observe first-hand what officers encounter during a normal tour of duty. The Police Department encourages its citizens to participate in this program to enable them to get a better feel for the services provided to the community. To qualify for the program, the ride-along applicant must be at least 18 years of age or have the written approval of their legal guardian if 14 to 17 years of age. There were 49 ride-alongs in 2014

The Raytown Police Department hosts many tours of the Department for groups including youth groups, students, and Scouting Organizations. The tours are usually led by an officer who discusses the various aspects of the Department while viewing the areas and equipment of the Department. The officer also answers a variety of questions along the way, including why we do things the way we do, and employment questions from someone that may have an interest in a law enforcement career. The Department occasionally received speaker requests for an officer to speak to a group at various locations, such as schools or other organizations. The topics vary from general student safety to recognizing and deterring financial crimes. There were 26 tours and speaker events in 2014. While all services are free, contact the Community Services Unit at csu@raytownpolice.org, or 816-737-6018, for availability and details.




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The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team’s primary responsibility is providing a tactical response to violent barricades, high risk warrant service, and hostage and sniper incidents. Such tactical responses are critical to the law enforcement goal of protecting innocent lives and securing property. The SWAT program trains its members in the use of special weapons, special equipment and tactics which helps prepare them for response to special situations. The SWAT team was comprised of 14 volunteer members, some of which are snipers, in 2014. The SWAT team assignment is an extra assignment, with all members having a primary assignment elsewhere: Patrol, Investigations, etc. Prospective team members must undergo rigorous physical fitness testing and demonstrate superior firearms proficiency. All team members must maintain physical fitness and firearms proficiency standards while assigned to the SWAT team. SWAT team members are always subject to being “called out� to quickly respond to emergencies.

The SWAT team served several high-risk search warrants related to narcotics, wanted persons, and other crimes. The team responded to several critical incidents, helping to bring them to a safe conclusion. Team members conducted monthly training, including SWATspecific firearms training days, during which the members conducted advanced level rifle and handgun training and qualifications. The team also conducted training at several venues in the Kansas City Metro area, and beyond, to take advantage of more diverse training opportunities.

Some team members often instruct their peers within the Department, including firearms training, and at other courses attended by other agencies. The team sent members to instruct at a training course for the Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association (KCMTOA) Advanced SWAT course in Des Moines, Iowa.


The Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) is a volunteer program consisting of a Team Leader and five members. The team’s primary responsibility is to provide negotiations for hostage or barricade situations. Such negotiation responses are critical to the law enforcement goal of resolving potentially lethal encounters peacefully without injury or death to hostages, bystanders, officers or the subject. Members of the CNT have been screened through a selection process, including successfully completing at least one vetted 40 hour training program. The CNT also conducts team training once a month and trains with other area teams. Notable CNT events in 2014: * The CNT was activated four times

during 2014. Only one activation required the intervention of a Negotiator. All incidents were resolved peacefully. * An Intelligence Analyst position was added to the roster. This position was filled by using the Crime Analyst already assigned to the department. * A CNT member was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Crisis Negotiators (MACN).


The goal of the Crisis Intervention Team is to promptly respond to potentially dangerous emergencies involving people that are exhibiting serious psychiatric conditions or crises. There are currently six volunteer CIT officers, which are all assigned to the Patrol Division. All CIT officers complete a forty-hour basic CIT class, with some completing Advanced CIT, Youth CIT, or CIT in regard to Veterans. The CIT officers strive to provide appropriate response and service referral, instead of criminal incarceration, which is often ineffective and does little to help the individual. Notable CIT figures for 2014: * 123 calls for service that were listed as an attempt suicide or suicide * 127 calls for service involving a

person in crisis that needed assistance * Approximately 150 of those CIT incidents were documented by CIT members. Most of those incidents involved a CIT officer transporting the person in crisis to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation and assistance.

Training Because we hire the highest quality people, we have to attend to their demand to improve themselves. Thus we emphasize training and skill development to the point that continued membership requires training well in excess of State licensing requirements. We squeeze the most out of every training dollar by developing teachers. 15 members have certifications through a police academy or the FBI Instructor Development programs to produce and present lesson plans that meet State training requirements. Most instructors specialize in a particular subject like firearms, physical fitness, defensive tactics or less lethal weapons. At least one is an adjunct instructor at a nationally recognized urban tactics training school and is a published writer in a professional journal. At least 14 members have been trained to serve as “Field Training Officers” responsible for the on-the-job development of new Officers. To make sure that training translates into performance, actual events are subjected to an “after-action” process that examines performance and records successes and opportunities for improvement in a written report. These reports can be turned into training goals. In 2014, Department instructors conducted 28 live-fire firearms sessions from four to eight hours long; 24 hands-on defensive tactics and less lethal training days; and about 14 to 16 sessions of simulated fire and force-onforce training. In addition there were four sessions of pursuit driving training that has progressed in difficulty year to year; and Squad and Special Unit Leaders have conducted focused skill development sessions with their crews as they had the need or demand.


C.N.T. & C.I.T.

Public Information The Public Information Unit (PIU) is charged with an ever increasing responsibility of gathering, preparing, and disseminating timely and accurate information on matters of public interest, in a way that does not hamper police operations or harm individual personal rights. The Public Information Unit is comprised of a Commander, 8 Public Information Officers, 2 website and annual report developers, and 3 photographers. The PIU is a voluntary assignment, which is secondary to the members’ primary duty assignment. The Public Information Officers share a rotating call-out schedule to respond to critical incidents, inform the public via on-camera interviews and social media use, and answer other media calls and inquiries.

2014 saw the launch of the Raytown Police Department’s new website, www.raytownpolice.org! The website features various divisions and special units within the department, the latest news, community safety articles, and crime trends, as well as an extensive “How do I?” page, to answer the most commonly asked questions. The website is also optimized for mobile devices! A small group of PIU members had a vision to provide a means to quickly and easily exchange important information with Raytown citizens, then turned that vision into a website aimed at improved service. They saved Raytown taxpayers money by developing and building the website themselves, and tailoring it to fit the goals of the Department and to serve its citizens.

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Thanks to a concerted effort by our Public Information Unit to increase social media engagement, our Facebook likes and Twitter followers have increased by 57% and 63% respectively since 2013. The Public Information Unit is committed to evaluating emerging technology and social media resources, and employing that technology, along with traditional media, to disseminate information, including routine messages, as well as in times of emergency. The Public Information Unit administers all department social media resources. On the night of 04/11/14, the Raytown Police Department hosted a virtual ride along, or “tweet-along,” on its Twitter account,

@RaytownPD. Viewers “patrolled” with one of Raytown Police’s “Night Squads.” Tweet-alongs offer an opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse into police work. Tweetalongs are convenient alternatives for those who are unable, or do not wish, to actually ride with an officer. The Public Information Unit saw the need to give Raytown community stakeholders, residents, City leaders, and local businesses an annual report, giving an overall view of the Police Department’s activities and body of work, as well as how taxpayers’ resources are used in fulfilling the mission of the Department. Toward the end of 2014, the Public Information Unit began discussion and planning of an annual report for that year, to be produced in early 2015. The Public Information Unit intends to produce a similar report annually. Although preparing and producing an overall, comprehensive report takes a great deal of time and work, we believe the end product is worth the effort, and community stakeholders and taxpayers will find it useful and informative.


2014 was a big year for us in terms of engagement with the community. We recognize that there are multiple social media networks and methods for people to receive information from us, so we do our best to use a variety of tools so we can reach as many people as possible.

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Professional Standards The Professional Standards Unit (PSU) is responsible for hiring highly motivated men and women who enjoy working with the public and delivering the highest level of professional service, investigating complaints against Department employees, and maintaining training records and standards to ensure the officers receive the proper training. Members of the Professional Standards Unit along with members of the Patrol Division have been actively recruiting for the positions of Police Officer, Dispatcher, and Detention Technician. Some of the recruiting efforts consist of conducting recruitment presentations at local colleges, attending career fairs, as well as attending minority recruitment opportunities.

The Professional Standards Unit ensures that all commissioned officers successfully meet the training requirements set forth by the Department of Public Safety’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program. The POST program is a regulatory agency that is responsible for the licensure of peace officers, reserve peace officers, basic training instructors, curriculum, and training centers. All licensed peace officers and reserve officers must successfully complete continuing education requirements.

Peer Support

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In 2014, the Professional Standards Unit launched a Peer Support Program. The Peer Support Team, currently consisting of 6 sworn and nonsworn Department members, provides a range of services for both sworn and non-sworn members of the Department by offering assistance and appropriate support resources to employees when personal or professional problems negatively affect their work performance, family unit or themselves. The primary mission is to provide initial crisis intervention services by trained personnel to those employees who have experienced or have been exposed to a traumatic incident or other emotional crisis and welcome the assistance.

Most complaints were investigated by supervisors. In 2014, there were 24 complaints, containing a total of 41 different allegations, ranging from rudeness or discourtesy to excessive use of force to negligence. Of the Five sustained and one partially sustained allegation:

12 - Rudeness or Discourtesy 8 Were Exonerated 3 Were Unfounded 1 Partially Sustained

8 - Excessive Force 3 Were Inconclusive 3 Exonerated 1 Still Under Investigation 1 Sustained

5 - Nonfeasance 4 Were Unfounded 1 Was Exonerated

3 - Negligence 1 Inconclusive

Four resulted in squad or unit level discipline One member resigned before the investigation was concluded One probationary member was released for performance not related to the allegation.

41 Allegations 19 Were Exonerated

1 Failure of Policy 1 Sustained

3 - Malfeasance 1 Sustained

10 Unfounded 5 Sustained 4 Unable to Draw Conclusion 1 Partially Sustained 1 Failure of Policy 1 Still Under Investigation

Other Type of Complaints: Two were for Unbecoming Conduct One was sustained One was unfounded Two were for Firearms Use violations and both exonerated One was for other Civil Rights violation and was exonerated One was for Racial Bias and was unfounded One was for Dereliction and was exonerated One was for Unsatisfactory Performance and was sustained

1 Unfounded 1 Exonerated


The Internal Affairs Unit oversees the investigation of complaints against Department members, which range from minor to severe in nature. Internal Affairs personnel were selected for their handling and management of criminal investigations. Those that showed particular thoroughness, objectivity, reasoning skills and the ability to record and describe their work in detail are recruited to serve in addition to their primary duties. Additional training is required, usually in the form of a formal training academy at the International Law Enforcement Administration.



Members that are required to apply force to another person in the execution of their duties complete separate reports describing the incident and the force used. These reports are used to improve training and performance. Each Use of Force incident is investigated by a supervisor. The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for training and thus also collects the data from these reports.

75 Use of Force Incidents Were Reported 65 Utilized Empty Handed Techniques 5 Utilized the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint 3 Utilized the Taser 2 Utilized Carotid Restraint

All vehicle pursuits must be recorded in an Incident Report, whether or not the suspect was apprehended. 65 total vehicular pursuits were initiated in 2014:


* 51 were terminated by the Officer or a Supervisor due to unsafe conditions or an imbalance in the offense versus the risk to public safety * 53 of those pursuits were for some form of traffic offense (potentially ranging anywhere from an equipment violation to a DUI) * 12 pursuits were of felony offenders * In four pursuits, speeds topped 100 miles per hour * In one pursuit, the opportunity to deploy Stop Sticks was available and was successfully done. * 14 suspects were arrested * Four suspect vehicles were damaged * One suspect suffered minor injuries * There were no police car crashes * There were no Officers injured

The Physical Fitness Unit is a newer unit, which promotes healthier living, which also works to minimize work-related injuries. There are five members of the unit who have completed training at The Cooper Institute for Law Enforcement, Fire and Military Fitness. The unit conducted four voluntary, comprehensive physical fitness testing sessions for employees, then offered training, nutrition, and other recommendations, tailored to help meet the employees’ individual goals. The unit arranged for the purchase of new equipment for the workout area, to maximize the amount of exercises, given the limited space available.

Defensive Tactics The Defensive Tactics Unit is responsible for training employees in techniques and use of defensive weapons to protect the public, and the employees themselves, from attack, and to prevent individuals from escaping custody, all while minimizing any injury to all persons involved, including the attacking or individual resisting arrest. The Defensive Tactics Unit consists of five instructors who conducted many training sessions throughout the year for police officers and some civilian employees. The training includes “empty hand” control and defensive tactics, Taser, Oleoresin Capsicum (“pepper”) spray and Less than Lethal launchers. Many tactic and defensive weapon systems require annual recertification, which is accomplished during the training sessions.


P.T. & D.T.

Physcial Fitness




The Raytown Detention Unit is a short term holding facility with 12 beds in five cells. The unit is staffed by seven full time Detention Technicians and one Supervisor and is manned 24/7. Inmates are held only long enough for them to post bond or, in the case of 24-hour investigative holds, until the investigator assigned to their case completes the investigation. Inmates with Raytown charges (who are unable to post their bond) are transferred to our contracted holding facility, the Johnson County Missouri Jail.

members as Certified Fingerprint Examiners.

The Unit’s primary assignment is the processing and security of inmates arrested by members of the Raytown Police Department. This involves completing all the necessary paperwork, obtaining photographs and fingerprints, and inventorying all property arriving with the inmate. They also process bonds and distribute the arrest information to the proper court jurisdictions. In addition to all this, detention staff also take criminal incident reports from citizens and investigate minor traffic crashes that are reported at Headquarters. They also provide fingerprint services for Raytown residents, data entry for traffic citations and general ordinance summonses, and several staff members are in the process of becoming Certified Fingerprint Examiners, which will certify them to make identification through fingerprint comparison of crime scene latent prints. The Detention Unit hopes to eventually train all staff

We also obtained our first Livescan fingerprint system. This system replaces the need for paper and ink fingerprints in virtually all situations. The system digitally records the fingerprints then transmits them, along with demographic data and charges etc. regarding the person arrested. In cases where the identity is in question, the system accurately identifies the person in a matter of minutes.

In 2014 the Detention Unit staff processed 3,067 bookings without injury to Unit personnel and processed over 9,000 traffic citations and General Ordinance Summons for the Municipal Court. In 2014 we completely remodeled the Detention Unit office with new workstations, employee lockers, storage units, and counter tops.

In addition to their primary assignment, many detention officers serve in additional units or capacities or have specialized training, such as:

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Public Information Officer Crisis Intervention Team Certified Fingerprint Examiner Project Lifesaver H.E.A.R. Program Safe Return Awards, Uniform, and Standards Unit

The Raytown Police Department currently has 15 marked patrol units, two motorcycles and 20 unmarked units. During Fiscal Year 2014 we purchased three Ford Police Interceptor Utilities for Patrol to replace three Ford Crown Victoria Patrol Units that reached the end of their life cycle. The Police Department works closely with the Raytown Public Works Garage to ensure that the police vehicles are inspected, maintained and repaired on a regular basis.

Property & Supply The Property and Supply Unit is responsible for both recovered property and evidence processing and retention, and supplies for the Police Department and the City of Raytown. The Property and Supply Unit is currently staffed by one person. The Unit is responsible for the safety and integrity of the property that is recovered daily by officers and detectives. Each piece of property that comes into the Unit must be checked in, entered into the computer system, packaged into the correct storage container, put away in its correct location, and then maintained while still needed for the case. The Unit maintains the “chain of custody� of recovered property and determines at what point property


Raytown PD Fleet

may be disposed of. The Property & Supply Unit also provides a centralized system for the purchasing and distribution of supplies (office, equipment, uniforms, etc.) for the Police Department in order to take advantage of collective purchasing power. Throughout 2014, officers and detectives collected a total of 2,231 new items of property and evidence. This includes the seizure of 60 firearms and 336 drug items (cocaine, heroin, K2, marijuana, meth, PCP, pills or prescription medication). Unit staff also disposed of 3,284 items, ending the year with just over 17,000 items total in storage. Best practices for property & evidence collection suggests that for each item taken in, one item is disposed. 2014 was the first year in which the Unit met this goal, which was made possible by a new Disposal Request system. This new system is designed to be proactive with disposals rather than reactive and items are disposed of or taken for destruction every three months. The Unit also completed several major projects in 2014, including entering all existing items into the bar coding system, which was initiated for new items in 2008, and the completion of a Property Manual. The Property & Supply Unit also outfitted all sworn officers and detention staff with new uniforms. 27



Communications During 2014 the Missouri chapter of the Association of PublicSafety Communications Officials requested Raytown Director of Communications James Brafford to become a board member by assuming the position of secretary. Also in 2014 Director Brafford was nominated for and elected to the 2nd Vice President position of the Missouri Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association. Communications Officers Lora Shireman, Kim Mawhiney, and Lindsey Schwarz presented the “Cell Phone Sally” program to educate children on the proper use of 911 and what information they should have when calling for help. The Communications Center is also the initial contact for most citizens. When a citizen contacts the Communications Unit a Computer

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Aided Dispatch (CAD) entry is initiated. This includes the caller’s name, address, phone number and the event that is occurring. Once this information is gathered the Communications Officer then relays this to the field units so they can use the proper response. The officers once on scene make the actual determination on what, if any, crime occurred and will make the appropriate report. When a field unit is dispatched to a call, the Communications Officer begins a process of recording the information in CAD. They record the dispatch time, when the field unit arrives, when they clear and the disposition of every call. Not every call to the Communications Center results in a dispatched call for service.

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During 2014 the Communications Unit moved from our analog radio system to the Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System. This new system provides greater interoperability with agencies in Missouri as well as Kansas in the event of a major incident or just everyday activities. The Mid-American Regional Council updated the 911 telephone system allowing for easier transferring and receiving of calls. Both of the upgrades required the staff of the Communications Unit to relocate while the installation was completed.

Records The Records Unit is primarily responsible for receiving, processing and retaining a wide variety of police reports and records, in accordance with applicable laws. The Records Unit, which is staffed by a Supervisor and a Records Clerk, receives and processes requests for police records. Those records include written, electronic, and digital media.

In 2014, the Records Unit processed roughly *3,920 incident and accident reports *1,600 report requests (copies) *1,000 report requests from Law Enforcement and Government Agencies *250 record check/report checks from – recruiters/FBI NICS/other agencies/gaming commission *3,500 cases (reports) to microfilm *6,000 documents filed *4 new employee personnel files prepared


New Tower


The Awards, Uniform, and Standards Unit organized the Annual Awards Ceremony on December 13, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Raytown. This year’s ceremony was attended by Police Officers and their families, as well as community leaders. Crime Analyst Kyle Stoker and Chief Jim Lynch acted as the emcees.

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Four Officers received awards for 5 years of Service. Two Officers received awards for 10 years of Service. Three Officers received awards for 25 years of Service. One Officer received an award for 35 years of Service. Two Officers received awards for 40 years of Service. Six Officers received the Safe Driver Award. Five Individuals received Certificates of Merit. 30 Individuals received awards for participating in Special Units. One Officer received the Field Training Officer Award. Eight Individuals received awards for Good Conduct.

Life Saving Award P.O. Frank McDevitt and Chief Jim Lynch

Officer Frank McDevitt was awarded the Lifesaving Award. Officer McDevitt received this award for his actions on the night of 10/31/14. Officers were made aware of a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on Raytown Road and began to search the area. As officers approached Raytown Rd from Gregory Blvd, they observed a vehicle traveling southbound which was on fire. The vehicle stopped in 30

the middle of the intersection where it continued to burn. Officer McDevitt was one of the first officers on scene and with his decisive actions and complete disregard for his own safety, ran up to the vehicle on the driver’s side. The driver was still in the vehicle and not reacting to the fire. By this time, the passenger side of the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Officer McDevitt had to open up the driver’s door, unbuckle

Volunteer Award Todd Hembree was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Hembree has volunteered over 70 hours in 2014 on a variety of projects for the department, saving us valuable time and resources.

Todd Hembree and Chief Jim Lynch

Civilian of the Year Crime Analyst Kyle Stoker was awarded the Civilian of the Year Award. Mr. Stoker received this award for having played a key role in solving all three of our homicides in 2014, by gathering intelligence on suspects, witnesses and victims, in addition to assisting outside agencies with their work regarding a group of over 30 subjects who have been involved in multiple homicides and shootings throughout the Kansas

City metro area. Mr. Stoker is also a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team and the Public Information Unit. Mr. Stoker is pictured above.

Reserve Award Reserve Officer Jeff Keith was awarded the Reserve Officer of the Year Award. Officer Keith received this award for assisting with the remodeling of the Detention Unit, as well as assisting Property and Evidence.

Officer of the Year Detective Jimmy Wolsey was awarded the Officer of the Year Award. Det. Wolsey has spent many hours to further a cold homicide case as well as several other recent homicides and multiple complex, high priority cases. Det. Wolsey has also taken on a substantial amount of duties and responsibilities outside of his primary assignment, including Crisis Negotiations and the Public Information Unit.

Det. Jimmy Wolsey


the seatbelt and physically pull the driver to safety before the rest of the passenger compartment was engulfed in flames, which would have severely injured or even killed the driver.




Photography credits to: Detention Technician Amber Bradley Officer Robert Fisher Records Clerk Loutreces Thurman Writing credits to: Major Theodore Bowman Sergeant Dyon Harper Crime Analyst Kyle Stoker Graphic Design credits to: Corporal Brett Clear Let us know what you think! http://goo.gl/0PS6g6

Disclaimer When many people think of crime stats, they associate the term with media reports or “Top Ten Dangerous Cities” type-lists that are almost always based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system. This system, which was originally established in 1930, has very complex rules about which crimes are reported and how they are counted. Although they recently expanded the definition of rape in 2013, overall the system hasn’t changed much in its 85-year lifespan. For a variety of reasons, we have decided not to use UCR “rules” for the crime stats we’re reporting here. Instead, we’re simply reporting how many times each crime occurred. We’re also not reporting statistics for every crime type, as there are too many to list. We’ve chosen to highlight those crime types that most citizens are interested in when they contact us about crime in our city. The end result is a more accurate, simple, and comprehensive view of crime in our city. You may notice that we don’t report simple averages or percent change from one year to the next. While those are acceptable ways of measuring one year against the previous, it’s not the best way. Instead, we use average and standard deviation to determine what the “normal range” is for the three years prior to 2014. This tells us what we should expect to see in a particular crime type. The reports were created using data from our records management (RMS) and computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems. There were some limitations in gathering and analyzing data. Missing information (lack of data entry), miscoded information (wrong call types), and typographical mistakes all contribute to errors in information. The statistics in this report represent the best effort to report activity within the Raytown Police Department, with the understanding that there is a small margin of error to the data.