March 22, 2018.pdf
March 19, 2018.pdf
For Release: March 19th, 2018
Prepared By: Director of Communications James Brafford
Robber Grabs Cash and Rides Away on Motorcycle
Raytown MO. On Sunday March 18th at approximately 11:58 AM police were sent to the 9400 block of 350 Highway for a robbery. When officers arrived, a witness told them that a white man about 6’3’ – 6’5’’ tall wearing a motorcycle helmet, black pants and a neon green “construction” colored jacket displayed a handgun and demanded money. The man grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the employee and left the store. He was last seen leaving east on Highway 350 on a light blue Harley Davidson. No one was injured and Raytown detectives are continuing the investigation.
If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
March 16, 2018.pdf
For Release: 03/16/2018
Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper
Raytown Police Chief Announces 2017 Department Achievements and Events
Raytown, MO – 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.
- 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 three year period. DDACTS Zone #1 was the area around Raytown Road, from 59 Street to 63 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.
- 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 occur that week. If advanced notice of the enforcement reduced dangerous driving, the community 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 role-playing 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 that actually perform the work.
- On September 30, Raytown Officers were dispatched to 63 Street, between Raytown Road and Raytown Trafficway, regarding a teen-aged girl on the bridge. Responding Officers determined that the girl was suicidal and cordoned off the area. The first Officer on scene, Corporal Shawn Didde, who had experience as a Crisis Negotiator, communicated with the girl for approximately 45 minutes, successfully convincing the girl to get down from the bridge.
- 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 work together to maintain a safe community.