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TABLE PAGE OF CONTENTS TITLE MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF 2 OATH OF OFFICE 3 KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS 4-5 SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS 6-7 REDUCTION & REORGANIZATION 8 STAFFING 9 COMMAND STAFF 10 HOMETOWN HEROES 11 PATROL & TRAFFIC 12 COLOR GUARD 13 INVESTIGATIONS 14-15 COMMUNITY SERVICES 16 CERT 17 PUBLIC INFORMATION 18-19 SPECIAL RESPONSE 20 TRAINING 21 ADMINISTRATION 22-23 PROPERTY 24 DETENTION 25 INTERNAL AFFAIRS 26 USE OF FORCE 27 PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS 28 RAYTOWN ROCKS! 29 AWARDS 30-31 CREDITS 32
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
On behalf of the men and women of the Raytown Police Department, I thank you for taking an interest in the Raytown Police Department. I hope that you will find this annual report informative. Our mission is to operate under a strong commitment to our community. The Police Department underwent significant changes in 2017. The budget reductions faced by the City resulted in a reorganization of the Police Department. We saw many experienced and talented Officers resign and take on employment with other area agencies. However, many Officers and civilian employees remain committed to our Agency and City. They are the essence of our Department mission. We are truly appreciative of these membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitment to our City and admire their dedication to our Citizens. Our employees believe in the City and the Department and know they play a vital role in public safety and community growth. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also begun to aggressively recruit and hire to re-build our ranks within our current operating budget. The influx of new officers is exciting! We will always continue to provide the best service possible. We have enjoyed an impressive amount of community support and are truly appreciative.
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OATH OF OFFICE I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I POSSESS ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF POLICE OFFICER, AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW; THAT I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, THE PROVISIONS OF ALL LAWS OF THIS STATE AFFECTING CITIES OF THIS CLASS, AND THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI AND FAITHFULLY DEMEAN MYSELF IN OFFICE.
Each new Police Officer who joins the ranks of the Raytown Police Department takes an oath of office, whether just beginning his or her career, or having prior law enforcement experience. That oath includes a public affirmation to uphold the laws of the United States of America, the State of Missouri, and the City of Raytown. The oath is usually administered in a public forum, typically at a Board of Aldermen meeting, in front of the very public that the officer will serve throughout his or her career. Taking the oath of office is very meaningful to each officer.
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KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Raytown Chief of Police James B. Lynch announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department and Department members over the course of 2017. The Department’s mission is to serve the residents and businesses of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives to enhance communication and cooperation within our community held in 2017 include: On March 21, Chief Lynch and the Raytown Police Department released the department’s 2016 Annual Report and presented the report to Raytown Mayor Michael McDonough and the Board of Aldermen at the Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting. The report included overall police activity, crime statistics, community activities, and featured various divisions and special units within the department. The Raytown Police Department felt that it was important for its residents to be informed about their police department and how taxpayer resources were used. Chief Lynch encouraged everyone to view the Raytown Police 2016 Annual Report at http://www.raytownpolice.org. A printed copy was made available to the public at the Raytown Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. The Community Services Unit of the Raytown Police Department hosted its first “Copsicles” event on May 24, the final day of school in Raytown. Copsicles aimed to build relationships with the community in a fun and unique way, by providing free popsicles in parks and other locations throughout the city during the summer. Once every two weeks, an officer took the custom-built Copsicles cart to a location that was announced the night before on social media, to offer popsicles to anyone in the area who would like one. The first Copsicles event was held at C. Lee Kenagy Park, 79th Street and Raytown Road. On June 15, the Raytown Police Department hosted their annual Safety Fair at Kenagy Park. Exhibits from various community resources were on hand, including police, fire, and EMS vehicles, with up-close and personal vehicle displays from the Raytown Public Works Department, Raytown Police Department, Raytown EMS, and the Raytown Fire Department. Other vendors and displays included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, the Missouri Search and Rescue Group (MOSAR), and numerous police K-9’s from around the metro. The Safety Fair brought Raytown community residents together for a family-friendly event. On June 20, Police Officers from the Raytown Police Department and community members came together for one of three Coffee with a Cop events, to discuss community issues and ideas, build relationships and drink coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. The June event was held at Clark’s Appliances, which had just reopened after a devastating fire. Coffee with a Cop provided a unique opportunity for Raytown’s business community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Raytown.
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KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS On July 1, Raytown Police launched a Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) Initiative. Location-based crime and traffic data were integrated with traffic enforcement strategies to play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. That model did not require additional officers or overtime. Instead, existing resources were used in a more efficient manner. Two study areas were identified, based on historical crime and traffic crash data for Raytown over a threeyear-period. DDACTS Zone #1 was the area around Raytown Road, from 59th Street to 63rd Street. DDACTS Zone #2 was the area around 350 Highway, from Hunter to Arlington. Patrol officers spent dedicated time conducting high-visibility enforcement in the treatment zones in addition to increased patrols in those areas, when they were not responding to emergency calls. Their goal was to prevent crime from happening in the first place, not to write tickets or make arrests. Our DDACTS initiative was intended to be a long-term program, but due to the loss in manpower later that fall, the program was ended. On the first day of school in Raytown, August 16, the Raytown Police Department launched an effort to reduce dangerous driving near Raytown’s schools. Each week, police announced in advance which specific school areas the dangerous driving enforcement would target that week. If advanced notice of the enforcement resulted in reduced dangerous driving then the goal of safer roadways for our children was reached, potentially with no tickets issued. It was considered a “win-win.” The goal was to reduce dangerous driving near schools, not issue citations. Traffic officers still conducted their patrol of other areas and roadways, though they were present near those designated schools each week. From August 30 through November 1, the Raytown Police Department held the Raytown Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. The Raytown Citizens Police Academy offered 16 citizens the opportunity to learn more about the operations of the Raytown Police Department. Topics included the many special units and divisions within the department, including Communications, Crisis Negotiations, SWAT, Patrol, and roleplaying in traffic stop scenarios, which allowed Academy attendees to engage in simulated traffic stops. The instructors for each session were the police officers and civilians who actually perform the work. On November 9, Officer Evan Hartenstein was honored by the Mid-America Crisis Intervention Team (MACIT) as the Raytown Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year for 2017. Through 2018 and beyond, Chief Lynch and the Raytown Police Department is committed to engaging with the community and developing long-lasting relationships to maintain a safe community together.
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SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OVERALL ACTIVITY Arrests Incident Reports Accident Reports Tickets Issued Calls for Service
There were two homicides in Raytown in 2017. Dominique Byers, 24, was shot and killed on January 28th, 2017, in the parking lot of 6600 Blue Ridge Blvd, after a disturbance inside the bar. No charges have been filed but detectives have identified several suspects and the investigation is ongoing. Jarron Floyd, 34, was shot and killed on April 3rd, 2017, outside 7707 Raytown Rd. Neighbors heard sounds of a disturbance before the gunshots. No charges have been filed but the investigation is ongoing.
Like previous years, instead of using the UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) definition of rape (see DISCLAIMER on page 32), we’re reporting every crime of a sexual nature. Thirty cases were reported this year, but in many cases, the actual crime occurred months or years ago, which is not uncommon for sex crimes since many victims do not report their abuse until much later. For the cases reported in 2017, the date of the actual offense ranged from the same day as the report to as much as 13 years prior. In 90% of the cases, the victim knew the suspect. Of these, three cases involved a stranger. Several reports this year involved juveniles exchanging sexually-explicit messages and/or photos with other people, sometimes adults, using the Internet. Here are some Internet safety tips you might want to consider: • • • • • • • • •
Don’t allow underage kids to use Facebook and other social media. Thirteen years old is the ‘official’ age permitted by Facebook, but you know your child’s maturity level best. Check the privacy settings for your browser as well as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Consider installing filtering software and keep the computer in a central location. Create ground rules for internet and social media usage and stick to them. Become familiar with your child’s habits and get to know who their friends are. Teach your children to avoid falling for common Internet tricks, such as questionnaries, free giveaways, and contests. What may seem like common sense to you, isn’t to a child. Monitor the photos your child posts to social media and teach kids about their online reputation. Talk to kids openly about the potential dangers online. It’s better for kids to be aware than scared. Above all, set a good example for your child about how to use social media!
Aggravated assault is any assault in which serious bodily harm was caused or a deadly weapon was involved. There were 73 such assaults reported in 2017 and as in previous years, the bulk were either domestic violence (between family members, spouses/significant others, or roommates) or between friends.
58% 19% 8% 8%
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SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS ROBBERIES
Robbery is physically taking property from a person by force or threat of force. In 2017, there was a decrease from 56 robberies to 47. Twenty-two of those incidents, or 47%, were at commercial locations, which is higher than usual based on historical data. In November, Jerry Patterson, 21, and Michael Harris, 19, were charged by the US Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri, in regards to a conspiracy to commit 10 armed robberies around the Kansas City metro area in September and October. Three of those incidents occurred at Raytown businesses. Also concerning were the five transactional robberies (meaning that the victim thought they were meeting the suspect to buy or sell property after one party posted an ad online). We want to remind everyone that we have a “safe trade zone” in the PD parking lot for exactly that kind of situation. It is well lit and available 24/7.
In 2017, there were 170 vehicles stolen and another 38 attempts. Just like last year, a remarkably high number (86) were left running or with the keys inside. We implore all car owners to make sure their vehicle is locked and secured before leaving it unattended. This simple step can make a significant impact on crime in our area since criminals often use stolen autos in the commission of other crimes. The average length of time between theft and recovery was 12 days and we were able to recover 145 of the 170 that were actually stolen. 60% of those recovered were found in Kansas City. The most common make/models stolen were Ford F-250 (15), F-350 (10), and F-150 (8).
In 2017, there were 305 total burglaries reported in Raytown. Just like previous years, the vast majority were residential Detached Shed burglaries, but there was an uptick in both commercial burglaries and vacant houses. In the case of the former, Commercial there were several highly active “crews” who struck dozens Vacant of times around the entire Metro. In the latter, the high price of scrap metal continues to drive related crimes such as Residential targeting vacant houses for copper wire, other scrap metal, 0 and appliances.
Burglary Targets 14 77 85 129
There were 833 reported thefts in Raytown in 2017, which is a decrease from 2016 (915). Most were shoplifting; almost 30% took place at one retailer. Of concern is the fact that there were over 60 incidents in 2017 in which at least one firearm was taken, but in many of these incidents, multiple firearms were stolen. Twenty-three of these cases were situations where the firearm was left inside a vehicle and 15 were taken from unlocked cars. A car is never a good place to leave a firearm!
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REDUCTION & REORGANIZATION In early to mid-2017, the Police Department enjoyed staffing levels that made it possible to maintain a high level of public safety service, responsiveness to calls for service, and crime investigation. Many community events were held, including the Safety Fair and Coffee with a Cop. New and innovative crime prevention and outreach initiatives were launched, including Copsicles and DDACTS (DataDriven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety.) 2017 would soon prove to be a very painful and difficult year for the City and the Raytown Police Department. In the fall of 2017, the Police Department 2017-2018 budget constraints required that the positions of a number of lesser-tenured staff, as well as all of the Detention Unit staff, would need to be eliminated. In an effort to keep as many employees as possible, Department staff drastically reduced or altogether eliminated the budgets of individual units and programs. An unforeseen development was that, in addition to the eliminated positions, a substantial amount of the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more tenured police officers chose to resign or retire, leaving a large number of vacancies on Patrol squads and in the Criminal Investigations Unit. Those experienced and trained police officers separated employment with the City of Raytown within the same small period of time-a period of weeks-during and immediately after the 2017-2018 budget approval process. We had invested thousands of hours of specialized training and certifications, and the associated cost, in these employees. Most importantly, when they left, we lost invaluable years of experience and knowledge. They were members of special units, including SWAT, Crisis Negotiations, Public Information Officers, and Peer Support. They were current and potentially future supervisors. Several other officers were in hiring processes with other police agencies or had already given notice to resign after the years end. It was a very difficult period for everyone in the Department. We lost good co-workers and great friends. As a result, the Department was forced to completely eliminate staffing in some areas, to shore up staffing in the two critical areas of Patrol and Criminal Investigations. Even with those reassignments, the number of Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit had been reduced, and there were not enough Officers within the Patrol Division to staff all patrol shifts. Many have taken on additional work, and have done so without complaint. Officers from across all divisions, including Command Staff, Detectives, and Officers from Patrol, have pulled together to supplement the Patrol squads to ensure that basic police response service levels were maintained. We were able to bring back some Detention staff. Recruiting and hiring efforts began without delay to fill vacant positions with quality people. In the face of difficult and trying circumstances, and overwhelmed by the support shown by our community, every remaining employee stood strong, stayed positive, and worked together to move our Department forward. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 8
STAFFING 56 Authorized Sworn Officers
(All Assignments-Command Staff, Patrol, Investigations)
21 Authorized Civilians (All Assignments)
FY 2017 Authorized Strength
39 Authorized Sworn Officers
(All Assignments-Command Staff, Patrol, Investigations)
15 Authorized Civilians (All Assignments)
4 in hiring process with another agency
2 in hiring process with another agency
FY 2018 Authorized Strength Status as of 12-31-17
10 vacant or have given notice of resignation
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JIM LYNCH chief of police
TED BOWMAN Major
RANDY HUDSPETH Major
Maj. Bowman retired in January 2018 and the position was eliminated.
PAUL BEITLING captain
DYON HARPER captain
MICHELLE ROGERS captain
CANDICE SCHWARZ captain
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HOMETOWN HEROES On Monday, October 30th, 2017 the Kansas City Chiefs honored Raytown Sergeant Jared Rogers and Detective Tom Greer as Hometown Heroes during Monday Night Football. While the officers assisted the Jackson County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department with security at Arrowhead Stadium on September 17th, 2017, they saw a man collapse after having a seizure. Both officers assisted the man by administering life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. The man stopped breathing and was transported to a local hospital, but survived thanks to the officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; actions. The man was able to join the officers on the field prior to the October game, and the Kansas City Chiefs presented each officer with a commemorative football for their heroic actions. In December, Sergeant Rogers and Detective Greer were honored again by the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL for their actions during the incident on September 17th. Running back Kareem Hunt surprised the officers at a Police Department staff meeting and presented them both with tickets to Superbowl LII on February 4th, 2018, to watch the Eagles beat the Patriots. Hunt commented that these officers were heroes and that he enjoyed being able to give back. Both Sergeant Rogers and Detective Greer were surprised and honored by this gesture, but said that they were just doing their job.
PHOTOS ABOVE COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
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PATROL & TRAFFIC The Patrol Division has always provided continuous emergency and non-emergency police response to the residents and businesses of Raytown. Between calls for service, officers patrol neighborhoods, parks, and business districts, in an effort to prevent crime and provide proactive enforcement of traffic and criminal offenses. The two biggest impacts to the Patrol Division during 2017 were the elimination of the Traffic Unit and the significant reduction in Patrol Division personnel. The Traffic Unit was responsible for investigating all serious motor vehicle collisions, handling all motor vehicle collisions while on duty, proactive traffic enforcement and maintenance of the Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) equipment. Those responsibilities have now been assumed by other personnel. The Traffic Unit also launched an initiative to curb dangerous driving near select schools each week. The areas of enforcement were announced each week in an effort to reduce dangerous driving before the traffic enforcement took place. That initiative ceased with the elimination of the Traffic Unit. The Patrol Division was forced to make adjustments for the significant and sudden reduction in personnel. The Patrol Division runs with four squads. Two squads are assigned to the day shift and two squads are assigned to the night shift. All officers assigned to the Patrol Division work a 12.5-hour shift with each officer having one short shift (5 hours) each pay period to accommodate an 80 hour work period. Each squad is structured to have one Sergeant, one Corporal, and three to four Officers. At yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, the Patrol Division squads had an authorized staffing level of 25 sworn officers. However, the Patrol Division actual staff was 18 sworn personnel (4 Sergeants, 2 Corporals, and 12 Officers). This staffing crisis has required sworn personnel from other divisions and squads to assume Patrol shifts, just to maintain minimum staffing levels, as well as the elimination of the short shift for the Officers assigned to the Patrol Division. The Patrol Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equipment budget was reduced significantly to meet the budget constraints. Body-worn cameras had already been removed from service earlier in the year because of the high cost of data storage, but additional requested items that were eliminated from the budget included the replacement of minor equipment such as digital cameras, medical supplies and equipment pouches for external vest carriers. DWI equipment maintenance supplies and ballistic body armor were retained in the budget.
Until November 1st, the Traffic Unit was a separate unit staffed by one Sergeant and two Officers. This unit was primarily responsible for the investigation of motor vehicle collisions and the proactive enforcement of traffic laws.
Collisions by Day of Week
150 100 50 0
Collisions by Month
80 60 40 20 0
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COLOR GUARD TRAFFIC STATISTICS
Type Total Collisions Total People In 2017, there were 862 traffic collisions Injured or Killed investigated by Raytown officers, involving Property Damage 642 NA over 1600 vehicles. The busiest day for Injury 218 327 traffic collisions was Friday, May 9th with 2 2 nine reports taken. The most common type Fatality of collision was Front-to-Rear in daylight hours on dry pavement. The majority of collisions resulted in property damage only, but roughly a quarter of all collisions resulted in an injury. We remind everyone to always wear your seatbelt and that texting while driving is dangerous.
WALK-IN AN ACCIDENT REPORT
Individuals who have been in a traffic accident within the city limits of Raytown may walk in the report to the police department lobby. ALL drivers and ALL vehicles involved in the accident must be present to make the report.
The Raytown Police Department maintains a Color Guard Unit to represent Raytown during formal events and ceremonies, including flag presentations, funerals, parades and other formal events. Color Guard members take care to ensure that all uniform parts and equipment are cleaned, polished and maintained to a high standard. At year’s end, the Color Guard Unit members numbered six, down from seven at the start of 2017. 2017 Color Guard events included: • February 25th-Flag presentation for Raytown Police Department Awards Ceremony • May 4th-Flag presentation for Raytown Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast • May 16th-Flag presentation for Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting (National Police Week) • June 2nd-Flag presentation for Raytown Night at the Royals • September 1st-Flag presentation for RHS football game (Military Appreciation Night) • September 29th-Funeral for retired Raytown Police Lieutenant Carl Bradley
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INVESTIGATIONS The Criminal Investigation Division started 2017 comprised of Crime Analysis and the Criminal Investigation Unit. Criminal Investigation Unit Detectives were responsible for investigating all crimes, including crimes against persons, narcotics, property crimes, etc. Examples of crimes against persons include assaults, robberies, and sexual assault crimes. Examples of property crimes include stealing, destruction of property, auto theft, fraud, and burglary. The Detective Sergeants review all reports daily, to determine if a case will be assigned to a Detective to investigate. A variety of factors determine when a case is assigned to an investigator, including the presence of physical evidence, witnesses to the crime, or a known offender. Detectives are responsible for investigating a case and following it through to conviction, when possible. They conduct crime scene investigations, collect and process evidence, and conduct interviews. When the investigation is concluded, the case may be presented to a prosecutor to file charges. The Detectives assist the prosecutors as the case moves through the criminal justice system, including testifying at trial. The Criminal Investigations Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties and makeup changed significantly by the end of 2017, due to the sudden loss of so many Police Officers from the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Department overall. Originally, the Criminal Investigations Unit was comprised of seven Detectives, two Sergeants and one Captain. Near the end of 2017, however, four Detectives and one Detective Sergeant had resigned, seeking employment at a neighboring ROUGHLY 35% OF ALL INCIDENT police agency. Many, many other Police Officers from REPORTS WERE ASSIGNED TO A other units and divisions resigned as well, making it impossible to fully staff the Criminal Investigations Unit. DETECTIVE FOR FURTHER The Professional Standards Unit was eliminated and INVESTIGATION. their duties (hiring, training, and police officer licensure (1 DOT= ROUGHLY 30 REPORTS) coordination) and personnel (one Sergeant and one Detective) were transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit. Internal Affairs duties were transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division as well. By the end of 2017, the Criminal Investigations Division was comprised of five Detectives, two Sergeants, one Criminal Analyst, and one Captain, with hiring, training, police officer licensure coordination, and Internal Affairs responsibilities added to the Criminal Investigation Division workload. Due to the limited number of Detectives available to investigate criminal cases, the Detective Sergeants were forced to consider the nature and seriousness of the crime when determining whether a case is assigned. Although previously assigned for further investigation, some minor non-violent cases must now go unassigned, even though potential leads are present. Those cases are reviewed by a Detective Sergeant and Crime Analyst, tracked, and filed for potential future assignment, if circumstances permit. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 14
INVESTIGATIONS Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division respond to crime scenes on a regular basis, during their work day, after business hours, and on weekends. Crime scenes are photographed and processed for physical evidence. Items regularly recovered include firearms, spent bullet casings, blood swabs (DNA), controlled substances, trace evidence (fibers, hair, fingernail scrapings), and latent fingerprints. Some evidence requires specialized tools and techniques to recover. Detectives attend the same crime scene investigation course as Kansas City Police Crime Scene Unit technicians. All evidence is recovered and packaged with care to avoid cross-contamination and to preserve any fragile trace evidence. Recovered evidence may be sent to a crime lab for further examination and is retained for court proceedings, if necessary, all while carefully maintaining the chain of custody. CID maintains two identical evidence kits to process and collect evidence at crime scenes. One kit is kept at Police Headquarters. The Detective who is on-call carries the second evidence kit in their vehicle so that when they are called to a crime scene, instead of stopping at police headquarters to load equipment, they can respond directly to the scene, saving precious time. Items included in the evidence kits include: • Cuticle Sticks-contaminate-free, used to collect DNA-containing material from under fingernails • Evidence bags (paper and plastic)-used to package and seal evidence • Hinge Lifts-hinged adhesive squares used to collect trace evidence, such as hairs and fibers • Drug test kits-used to test substances for the presence of controlled substances • DNA recovery/transport tubes-used to collect and preserve DNA specimens, without crosscontamination • Evidence flags-used to mark one to several small items for photography, diagramming, and collection • Handgun envelopes-special collection bag that makes the item instantly recognizable as a firearm • Mikrosil-casting material used to cast small details that need high-contrast for microscopic examinations • Exam gloves- worn to protect against bloodborne pathogens and cross contamination-safety first! • Heme-Stix-kits used to provide presumptive testing of substances for the presence of blood Handgun Envelopes Hinge Lifts Evidence bags
DNA recovery Evidence Flags
Drug Test kits Cuticle Cuticle Sticks
Heme Stix Exam Gloves
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COMMUNITY SERVICES The Community Services Unit of the Raytown Police Department and the Volunteers in Police Services saw significant growth and citizen engagement in 2017. Between the Community Services Unit and a dedicated group of 16 volunteers, the unit accomplished the following: • Planned and implemented a successful Safety Fair in June. • Safely collected and disposed of hundreds of pounds of unwanted medications during the Drug Take Back Day in April. • Hosted the largest Citizens Police Academy class in Raytown Police history in the fall with 16 graduates. The academy ran from August 30th through November 1st and four of the graduates went on to become members of Volunteers in Police Services. • The first ever Copsicles program, which was held at various locations and schools throughout the summer, gave away over 500 popsicles. The goal of the program was to further build relationships with families and children in the community. • Hosted three Coffee with A Cop events with businesses in our community. The events were held at Breakfast & Lunch Lovers, Clark’s Appliances, and the 2nd Annual National Coffee with a Cop event on October 4th was held at Hy-Vee. The mission of the program is to bring officers and community members together to break down barriers between Police Officers and the citizens they serve. Due to significant cuts to the Police Department budget, the Community Service Unit plus the programs associated with it were not funded in 2018 and the Community Services Unit Director was laid off. News of the City budget concerns prompted the Volunteer Corps to respond with a renewed effort toward community service. As a means to continue their assistance to the Department and save the programs that had to be cancelled for the next budget year, the Volunteers incorporated their group, connected with the Truman Heartland Foundation and the Raytown Community Foundation to begin fundraising directed at maintaining those community programs that they have so successfully operated in the past few years.
To arrange to be a part of this community support effort, messages can be left for the Volunteers at (816) 737-6018 or (816) 286-4917.
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CERT In 2017, the Raytown Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) had 25 active volunteers that have received specific training in basic disaster response skills. They were trained in fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members learned how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards, help organize basic disaster response, and promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events. CERT Basic training is held once a year with assistance from Raytown EMS and Raytown Fire. In 2017, some of our CERT volunteers attended the following training: bleeding control, search and rescue, traffic control, first aid, Moulage (creating fake injuries to facilitate training), and utility safety. CERT volunteers also assisted the Raytown Police Department with traffic control at the Raytown Arts and Music Festival, Christmas Tree Lighting, Easter Egg Parade, Pumpkins on Parade, and the Run for Excellence. CERT Volunteers promoted emergency preparedness at booths set up at the Safety Fair and the Raytown Senior Expo.
For more information, or to become a CERT Volunteer, please contact Captain Michelle Rogers at 816-737-6103. RAYTOWN POLICE | 17
PUBLIC INFORMATION The Public Information Unit (PIU) is a voluntary special unit that creates and disseminates information on matters of public safety and interest. The PIU is secondary to each member’s primary duty assignment. The Public Information Officers (PIO) are on-call to respond to commercial media requests, answer questions from the public, and respond to critical incident scenes. Questions and inquiries from the media or public are received almost daily. The Raytown Police Department uses several social media and online tools to deliver the information directly to the public. Incidents and events that Raytown PIO’s have reported included various community events, safety tips to reduce crime, school zone dangerous driving enforcement, public safety initiatives, major crimes and motor vehicle crashes, all subjects that we find are of interest to our community. The Public Information Unit was drastically affected by the exodus of employees that occurred as a result of the 2017-2018 budget approval process. The Unit was staffed by a Commander, 12 Public Information Officers, five website and annual report developers, and four photographers. At the end of 2017, the Unit was staffed by a Commander, five Public Information Officers, four website and annual report developers, and two photographers. The annual budget for the Unit was eliminated. Eliminated budget items included website hosting fees, replacement of worn equipment, all advanced training, and graphic design tools for public safety information.
1 UNIT COMMANDER 12, REDUCED TO 5 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICERS 4, REDUCED TO 2 PHOTGRAPHERS 5, REDUCED TO 4 WEBSITE/ANNUAL REPORT DEVELOPERS ANNUAL REPORT
The Public Information Unit produces an annual, comprehensive report, to give the Raytown community a view of the Police Department’s activities and work, as well as how taxpayers’ funding was used to serve the community. The report, which is required by city ordinance, chronicles the department’s events, initiatives, and activity throughout the year. To reduce production costs as much 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 18
PUBLIC INFORMATION as possible, department members completed all of the work themselves to produce the report, except for printing. Officers and Civilians worked together to write and edit the content, provide photography, and design the report. The printing of this issue was made possible through donations.
The Public Information Unit website working group maintained the Raytown Police Department’s website, http://www.raytownpolice.org, in 2017. The website featured career and volunteer opportunities, division information, and frequently asked questions. Revision of the website, to reflect the Department’s reorganization, is ongoing. The PIU website working group uses the website as a means to provide important information to Raytown citizens. The website is maintained by the working group themselves to reduce costs as much as possible and has been funded by a donation for 2018. The website has been optimized for mobile devices.
The Public Information Unit used technology and social media resources to broadcast information to the community and commercial media outlets. Our residents increasingly get their news and information from social media. The Raytown Police Department used that media to better inform and communicate with the public in a quick and easy manner. The Public Information Unit managed and administered all Department social media and online resources. The social media resources used to reach the community included: • WordPress (blog)-“RPD News Room”-Formal press releases, daily summary of police reports http:// piorpd.wordpress.com • Facebook page-“Raytown Police Department”-News, information, events, photos https://www. facebook.com/RaytownPolice/ • Twitter-“@raytownpd”-Real-time information of the latest news and information https://twitter.com/@ raytownpd • Instagram-“raytownpd”-Interesting photos and videos https://www.instagram.com/raytownpd/ All of the above resources are free. The Department’s use of Nixle, the emergency broadcast system for extreme weather and road closures, required a paid subscription. The subscription was not included in the budget and was not renewed. The Raytown Police Department encourages our residents and businesses to use those resources to connect with the Raytown Police, to stay informed of news, information, and events, and to provide feedback and make suggestions.
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SPECIAL RESPONSE SWAT
The Raytown Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team has provided many years of emergency response to emergency and critical incidents. The critical nature and seriousness of those incidents required many specially trained personnel and the use of special equipment to resolve the situations, far beyond the capabilities of one or two patrol officers. SWAT, like all our special units, is a collateral assignment and members all have primary duties elsewhere such as Patrol or Investigations. Incidents requiring a SWAT response often included barricaded persons, service of high-risk search warrants, and hostage situations. During 2017, the SWAT Team saw a significant reduction in their members through the resignation of two long-time members and four other members that voluntarily separated from employment with the Raytown Police Department. By yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, the total member count of the team was eight, down from 13 last year. The SWAT Team will be replacing those members as quickly as possible. The 2017-2018 budget for the SWAT program, which included the replacement of basic equipment and uniforms, was eliminated.
In 2017, the SWAT team deployed on nine barricades and served five high-risk warrants. CRISIS NEGOTIATIONS TEAM (CNT)
A timely and professional response to critical incidents such as hostage situations or barricaded subjects is paramount to the Raytown Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the preservation of life and the safety of the citizenry. Members of the CNT are committed to working toward the peaceful resolution of critical incidents when possible. All team members are volunteers who are specifically selected for their ability to communicate with people in crisis and their ability to work well with others for prolonged periods of time in stressful situations. Prior to being allowed to negotiate, a new team member must complete a minimum of 40 hours of negotiations-specific training conducted by a vetted entity. The CNT has also conducted inhouse training throughout the year. It can take up to one year or more to get a new negotiator trained to the acceptable level, depending on the availability of outside resources and funding. During 2017, the CNT was called upon seven times for responses to critical incidents, all of which were resolved peacefully. One member of the team, Cpl. Shawn Didde, was given the Lifesaving Award for a face-to-face negotiation involving a suicidal teenage girl who threatened to jump off a bridge. The CNT has suffered as a result of the recent budget reduction. The CNT Unit lost two tenured members who both left for another police department. As a result, CNT staffing is below the recommended level based on best practices. By the end of 2017, there were only three trained Crisis Negotiators and one Civilian member of the team. There will be no training outside of in-house training. There is no budget for the CNT Unit for 2017-2018. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 20
TRAINING Regular training is an essential component of a well-run, professional police department, and we do our best to provide our officers with the best training available. In hand with that goal, we have multiple members of our Department who are certified trainers in various topics so we can host training “inhouse” which saves significant money. Defensive Tactics, which trains employees in techniques to protect the public and themselves from attack and to prevent individuals from escaping custody, was held in April. Emergency vehicle operations for all sworn officers was held in June and October at the Blue River Academy. We drove our own cars and used our own instructors. The Firearms Training Unit conducted 30 firearms range training days in 2017, which included Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun qualification and skill development courses for all commissioned Raytown Police Officers, including Reserve Officers. Included within that training were courses titled PISTOL 1, RIFLE 1, PISTOL 2 and RIFLE 2, which were implemented to present our Officers with increasing levels of difficulty with respect to the courses of fire, threat discrimination, and decision making. The courses were met with success and the result was an overall increase of our Officers’ proficiency in the fundamentals of pistol and rifle craft. Additionally, an overall improvement in accuracy and weapon manipulation was achieved. The Firearms Training Unit also facilitated the Raytown Police Department retiree firearm qualification, which afforded our retired Officers an opportunity to maintain their weapons qualifications as a recognized retired Police Officer. That session is conducted annually. In addition to the training already listed, “Low Light Qualification” sessions were held, which were qualification-level courses of fire of the duty pistol and patrol rifle, in reduced lighting environments.
AMBUSH/COUNTER AMBUSH TRAINING
In response to the many ambush attacks on law enforcement officers across the nation, the Firearms Training Unit implemented a department-wide Ambush/Counter Ambush tactics training event in March of 2017, which occurred over the course of five days. The training sessions were held in four-hour blocks in order to facilitate participation by every sworn Officer. The training sessions took place in the parking lot of the Connection Point Church. Officers employed Simunition training weapons systems. Those weapon systems use replica firearms that only fire non-lethal projectiles but function just as actual firearms function. Those weapons systems are used to replicate the realism of an attacker firing a gun at the Officer, and the Officer returning fire at the attacker, all within a safe training environment. By the end of 2017, the Firearms Training Unit was comprised of one Commander and nine other members, all serving in multiple capacities, including Firearms Instructors, Range Safety Officers, and Armorers (who repair, inspect, and maintain all department firearms). RAYTOWN POLICE | 21
The Communications Unit is responsible for taking calls from the public and coordinating the appropriate response, whether it is police, fire department, or emergency medical services. Some calls are directed to other units, city departments, or other jurisdictions altogether. The Communications Unit also supported other police staff by taking and returning information to officers on patrol, detectives in the field, and other duties as they occur. The Communications staff answered 9-1-1 calls and texts, activated tornado sirens for 2017 Top Ten Calls for Count testing, and entered stolen property into the police computer Service by Type system. Stolen items in the computer system make it possible for officers in other jurisdictions to identify and locate property Car Stop 2,718 that was stolen in Raytown. Disturbance 1,830 Citizens Contact 1,547 New portable and in-car radios were added to the 1,422 departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inventory to allow better interoperability between Larceny/Attempt Alarm 1,199 local agencies. Updates to the Communications Technician training program were made, and technicians monitored Alarm-Business 1,043 additional cameras that were added to the City Hall campus to Suspicious Activity 1,006 help provide a safer environment for all employees. The unit Accident Non-Injury 886 was downsized by two positions during the budget process. Check Area 716 The table at right shows the top ten calls for service types in Follow Up Investigation 573 2017. Calls for service (CFS) can be generated by a call from the public, a police officer in the field, or an outside agency or city department. The initial call type is not always indicative of what truly happened and less than 20% of all CFS result in the generation of an incident or accident report. The vast majority of calls that we receive are non-criminal in nature.
The Communications Unit answered 71,875 telephone calls in 2017!
The Records Unit is responsible for receiving, processing, and retaining a variety of department records. The Records Unit also receives and processes requests for police records. Those requests come from individuals, media, insurance companies, attorneys, state and city agencies, as well as government and businesses. The Records Unit stores several types of records which include: paper, electronic, microfilm, and digital media records. In 2017, the Records Unit received over 4,300 incident and accident reports, which were reviewed and retained. The Records Unit was originally comprised of two full-time employees (one records supervisor and one records clerk) and one part-time clerk, which helped to maintain adequate staffing. The 2017-2018 budget reduction required the elimination of the part-time clerk position. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 22
ADMINISTRATION TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A REPORT:
Police reports can be requested through the Records Department Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Requests can be made by calling 816-737-6016 or 816-737-6024, or by mail. If you have a report referral form, please utilize that when mailing. If not, you will need to include the report number (if you know it) and as much information as possible about the incident (date/time, location, etc.) You can also come in person to the Raytown Police Department, located at 10000 E 59th St. Raytown, Missouri 64133. The Records window is to your right as you enter the lobby of the Police Department. See the fee schedule below for details. Payments may be made via cash, check, credit/debit card, or money order, but they cannot take payments over the phone. Please contact the Records Department if you have questions. Valid Photo ID is required for all transactions.
FEE SCHEDULE: • • • • •
Incident report (up to 10 pages): $5.00 Accident report (up to 10 pages): $5.00 Over 10 pages: $.10 per page Alcohol Influence Report (up to 10 pages): $5.00 Research fee(s): As appropriate for incidents that are not immediately identifiable by case number, date, persons involved, etc. • Photographs (per disc): $10.00 (provided in CD format only) • Video (per disc): $20.00 (provided in DVD format only) • Audio (per disc): $10.00 (provided in CD format only) Large case files will have additional costs involved and will be assessed on an individual basis. A Records Request form must be completed.
The Raytown Police Department currently has 12 marked cars, 19 unmarked cars, and two motorcycles. In February 2017, we purchased two marked and two unmarked vehicles to replace older vehicles. Because of the budget cuts, we will not replace three marked vehicles that have reached the end of their service life in 2017 and three unmarked cars will be sold due to downsizing in CID. As previously mentioned, the Traffic Unit was folded into Patrol, so the motorcycles are not being utilized and will eventually be sold. Over the course of the year, there were four accidents involving Department personnel. Two of these accidents were our fault while the other two were the fault of the other driver. Raytown officers drove approximately 460,290 miles in total last year. That’s enough miles to circle the Earth 116 times! RAYTOWN POLICE | 23
PROPERTY The Property and Supply Unit is responsible for evidence processing and retention, recovered property, and issuing supplies for the Police Department. The Supply Unit issues all supplies for office and general use, as well as all evidence collection and packaging supplies. The Supply Unit also makes sure that all employees are issued the correct uniforms and equipment to perform their duties. Throughout 2017, Officers and Detectives collected a total of 2,130 new items of property and evidence. This includes the seizure of 80 firearms and 258 drug items (cocaine, heroin, K2, marijuana, meth, PCP, pills or prescription medication). The Property and Supply Unit was able to continue the goal in 2017 of disposing of at least one item for each one item taken in and disposed of 2,743 items, ending the year with nearly 11,674 items in storage. The last quarter of 2017 slowed down quite a bit, with only 29 items being disposed and items recovered at half the rate of what they were recovered in the first three quarters. In 2017, the Property and Supply Unit’s significant event was the installation of a new HVAC unit in the Property Room, which was mentioned in the 2016 Annual Report. Prior to the new HVAC unit, fumes and odors from recovered property and narcotics were circulated throughout the City Hall building. With the installation of the new unit, however, those fumes are isolated and forced out of the building through a dedicated vent system. The unit also helps to maintain a consistent ambient temperature within the storage room. The Property and Supply Unit was initially staffed by one full-time employee and one part-time employee for the majority of the year, but ended the year with only one full-time employee, due to the budget reduction.
PROPERTY RELEASE PROCEDURE
Property that was collected as part of an investigation or because ownership couldn’t be determined is maintained by our Property and Evidence Technician. In order to get your items returned, you must call 816-737-6120 to speak to the Technician and make an appointment. Be prepared to provide the case number (if you have it) and the date of the offense. Please note that property can only be released when the investigation has reached a stage where the evidence/property is no longer needed. Therefore, the release procedure is not quick. Additionally, the release of firearms requires extra time, up to 1-2 months, because firearms must go on a gun court docket and can only be released with the Judge’s authorization. We cannot release property to someone other than the owner without a notarized statement. Exceptions to this include when the owner is a juvenile or deceased.
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DETENTION The Raytown Police Department Detention Unit is a short-term holding facility with 12 beds in four regular cells and one padded cell. 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. As a result of budget/personnel reductions in November 2017, the Detention Unit reduced its staff from five full-time Detention Technicians and a supervisor to two Detention Technicians and a supervisor. There was a period of weeks in November where there was no Detention staff at all, and Police Officers were required to process in, monitor, and process out any arrestees. Even after the return of the three Detention staff members, the reduction caused gaps in Detention staffing, resulting in periods where the Detention Unit was closed, or had to be staffed by an on-duty sworn officer.
Individuals can be bonded out at the Raytown Police Department by paying the bond in cash or through a bondsman. The jail also recently started accepting debit or credit cards. Some bondsmen might accept them, but you will need to check with each bonding company directly. For cash bonds, you must have exact change. We do not have an ATM on site. A list of approved bonding companies is posted in the lobby. The phone number for detention is 816-737-6124. Individuals are initially held at the Raytown Police Department jail, but subjects who are unable to bond out are transported to our holding facility at the Johnson County (MO) Sherrifâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Prisoners are transported back and forth twice a day at varying times. We do not know exactly when the transport van will come nor will we release that information due to safety concerns. You can bond someone out even after they have been transported to Johnson County. The Johnson County (MO) Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office is located at 278 SW 871 Rd, Centerview, Missouri 64019. Their phone number is 660747-2916. You can view their current roster of inmates plus anyone released in the last 48 hours on their website.
In 2017, the detention unit processed 1,767 bookings and over 3,600 traffic citations and general ordinance summons! RAYTOWN POLICE | 25
INTERNAL AFFAIRS The Internal Affairs (IA) Unit is responsible for maintaining records of all the investigations conducted into complaints against the members of the Department, all of the vehicle pursuits conducted by Officers, and all reports of incidents where Officers had to apply force against another person. Many complaints are investigated by supervisory staff, but in the most serious cases, members of the Internal Affairs Unit can be assigned. Internal Affairs personnel include case officers and Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) Examiners. Case officers are recruited from the Criminal Investigations Unit and have shown proven skills in interview/interrogation and detailed case management. Special training is required of all Unit members, beginning with attendance at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration at the Center for American and International Law. There, they are introduced to courses specific to internal affairs, ethics, and professional standards. Sustained (1)
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USE OF FORCE Law enforcement agencies are under always increasing public scrutiny. The public expects, and rightly so, an extremely high level of professionalism, honesty, and integrity with their police force. It is the practice of the Raytown Police Department to review many different types of incidents as they occur. It is imperative that the process to document, review, and retain that information is efficient, accurate, and complete. At the beginning of 2017, the Police Department implemented a new software solution aimed at improving internal investigation records management and statistical analysis of high-risk situations. This software provides greater support for reporting and reviewing of incidents including:
23,822 CALLS FOR SERVICE
After Action Reports Citizen Complaints City Vehicle Crashes Commendations Firearm Discharges Forced Entry Internal Investigations Show of Force Uses of Force Vehicle Pursuits Workplace Injuries
78 USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS (0.3% OF TOTAL CONTACTS)
FORCE METHODS USED BY OFFICERS 169
TYPES OF RESISTANCE ENCOUNTERED
All pursuits must be recorded in the new software, whether or not the suspect was apprehended. Since we’re surrounded by interstates, many pursuits move quickly outside our city limits as suspects try to flee. There were 92 total vehicular pursuits in 2017.
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1,767 ARRESTS MADE
Officers and supervisors are able to enter incidents into the software from “the field,” then they are routed through the chain-of-command with review at each step. In fact, the data used in this year’s annual report was collected from that database.
3,229 CAR OR PEDESTRIAN CHECKS
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Suspects received minor injuries
Successful Stop Device deployments
Officers or citizens injured
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PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS The Professional Standards Unit (PSU) is responsible for providing services that support the mission and operations of the Raytown Police Department. Members of PSU recruit potential Department members and conduct pre-employment background investigations for selection of personnel who share our Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core values of courage, honesty, integrity, and accountability. The Professional Standards Unit also ensures that all sworn personnel meet the training requirements set forth by the Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Standards and Training Program (POST), which is the regulatory agency responsible for the licensure of peace officers. In 2017 all of our sworn personnel met or exceeded the training requirements set forth by POST. PSU was folded into the Criminal Investigations Division at the end of 2017.
All department members, including sworn and civilian personnel, have cumulatively participated in over 4,565 hours of training in 2017. IN 2017, THE CHIEF HIRED 5 INDIVIDUALS 3 OFFICERS (2 NO LONGER WITH US) 1 DETENTION TECH (NO LONGER WITH US) 1 OFFICE MANAGER
PEER SUPPORT TEAM
In 2017, the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peer Support Team gained one new member, assisted an outside agency with a significant event, and coordinated Resiliency Training for the entire Department. Unfortunately, we lost five members who chose to leave the Department for other opportunities and currently have five sworn and non-sworn members. The purpose of the Peer Support Team is to provide initial crisisintervention services by trained personnel to members of Law Enforcement who have experienced or have been exposed to a traumatic incident or other emotional crisis. Team members continue to provide confidential emotional support during and after times of personal or professional crisis to employees who express a need for assistance as well as assisting other Law Enforcement agencies with Critical Incident Stress Debriefings when called upon. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 28
RAYTOWN ROCKS! Raytown Rocks! was started by a group of citizens during the summer of 2017 on Facebook. It is a “game” where people hide painted rocks around town for others to find. Once a rock is found, a photo can be posted on the Raytown Rocks! Facebook page and the rock is either hidden again, or replaced with another painted rock. Raytown Rocks! exploded with activity and membership, with group members growing to over 3,700 and rocks being found in other countries. Since the group’s start, people have enjoyed hiding rocks around the Raytown Police Department for the staff, officers, and others to find. The employees also enjoyed getting involved by painting and hiding some of their own rocks, as well as giving away RPD swag bags to those that turned in their rocks to the Police Department. It has been uplifting for the Department to see all the creative police themed designs and feel the support of the community. Thank you, Raytown Rocks!, for family-friendly fun this past year! Keep up the great work.
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AWARDS The Awards, Uniform, and Standards Unit organized the Annual Awards Ceremony on February 25th, 2017 at the Emmaline Ballroom in Lee’s Summit. This year’s ceremony, which was for actions which occurred in 2016, was attended by Police Officers, Chaplains, Volunteers, and their families. Sergeant Jared Rogers and Chief Jim Lynch acted as the emcees. Awards are given for tenure, good conduct, safe driving, military service, advanced education, and service in special units, among other things. Visit www.raytownpolice.org/ausu for more details on each award.
AWARD Certificate of Merit Commendatory Letter Community Service Distinguished Service Medal Education Field Training Officer Good Conduct* Military Service Safe Driving* Special Unit
# OF RECIPIENTS 11 1 2 7 5 5 12 2 8 22
*AWARDED IN FIVE YEAR INCREMENTS Ofc. Lewey was dispatched to a local business in July 2016 regarding a subject who had accidentally shot himself in the leg. The bullet had struck his femoral artery and he was bleeding heavily. Ofc. Lewey immediately applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg which stopped the bleeding until EMS could arrive and transport him to the hospital. Ofc. Weiglhofer was dispatched to a residence in July 2016 regarding a woman who passed out in the yard. The woman was not breathing and had no pulse when Ofc. Weiglhofer arrived. She immediately began CPR on the woman and was able to regain a pulse. During the call, there were multiple subjects around her who were out of control, but she had the presence of mind to continue CPR despite the chaos around her. The woman was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery.
LIFESAVING AWARD SARAH LEWEY (LEFT) & ERICA WEIGLHOFER (RIGHT) 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 30
OFFICER OF THE YEAR JOE HOLT
CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR SARA EGAN
Ofc. Joe Holt was selected by his peers as Officer of the Year for consistently going above and beyond his duties as a patrol officer to effectively police problematic residences known for illegal narcotics and various other crimes.
Det. Tech. Sara Egan was selected by her peers as Civilian of the Year for her exemplary work in the Detention Unit. Det. Tech. Egan regularly went above and beyond her regular duties to assist with identifying subjects and in locating warrants.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR KATHIE SCHUTTE
RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR MELVIN NORRINGTON
Volunteer Kathie Schutte was selected by department members as Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in making the Volunteer Corps a successful venture. She has spent countless hours assisting the Department in many capacities.
Reserve Ofc. Melvin Norrington was selected by his peers as Reserve Officer of the Year. R/Ofc. Norrington regularly picked up extra shifts when we were short handed due to vacations, illnesses, etc. and always had a great attitude.
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CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS TO:
FORMER DETENTION TECHNICIAN AMBER BRADLEY FORMER COMMUNITY SERVICES UNIT DIRECTOR CHERI HENNIG RECORDS SUPERVISOR LOUTRECES THURMAN
WRITING CREDITS TO:
RPD DIVISION AND UNIT COMMANDERS
GRAPHIC DESIGN CREDITS TO: CRIME ANALYST KYLE STOKER
THANKS TO OUR EDITORS:
PROPERTY TECHNICIAN BETH BENNETT DEBORAH HARPER CAPTAIN DYON HARPER TODD HEMBREE TERRI LANCASTER LINDA STOKER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT JENNIFER WIESEMANN
When many people think of crime statistics, 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 statistics 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. The reports included in this document 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 City of Raytown and the Raytown Police Department, with the understanding that there is a small margin of error. 2017 ANNUAL REPORT | 32
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