Prepared By: Sgt. Dyon Harper
Department Achievements and Events in 2015 Announced by Raytown Police Chief
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 2015. Those accomplishments are the result of the Department’s mission to enhance its service to the residents, and businesses, of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives held in 2015, to enhance communication and cooperation within our community, include:
On February, 4, Raytown detectives received training in, and began using, SAFETNet, the Secure Automated Fast Event Tracking Network, a way to enhance multijurisdictional communication, cooperation, and coordination, when investigating crime. SAFETNet provided a secure method for investigators from varying law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information. 325 Midwest law enforcement agencies, local, state and federal, participated in the initiative. SAFETNet, a Midwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) resource, is offered to law enforcement at no cost.
On April 3, two members of the Raytown Police Department graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. Capt. Paul Beitling and Capt. Randy Hudspeth were among 25 graduates of the intensive 10 week program, which was designed to prepare command officers to handle complex issues of police command and management in today’s environment. At the end of the program, the University awarded its’ Franklin M. Kreml Leadership award to Capt. Randy Hudspeth. The award was made by the University to recognize outstanding leadership demonstrated by one member of each class.
On April 21, Chief Lynch and the Raytown Police Department released the department’s 2014 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 took a comprehensive look at overall police activity, crime statistics, community activities, and featured various divisions and special units within the department. The Department felt that it was important for its residents and businesses to be informed about their police department and how taxpayer resources are being used. Chief Lynch encouraged everyone to view the Raytown Police 2014 Annual Report at http://www.raytownpolice.org. A printed copy was retained, and made available to the public, at the Raytown Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library.
On June 27, the Raytown Police Department hosted its fourth annual Safety Fair, an afternoon 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 and equipment, fire trucks, ambulances, and public works equipment. There were activities and giveaways. The free, family-friendly event was held at Kenagy Park.
On September 26, the Raytown Police Community Services Unit collected 542 pounds of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take-Back Day. Officers and volunteers manned two sites where the public was invited to bring old, unused and excess medications to be disposed of safely. The service was free and anonymous. The collected medication was turned over to the DEA for safe destruction.
On October 21, the Department’s fall 2015 Citizen’s Police Academy graduated 16 participants that learned about the Police Department and how it operates. Participants used the FATS (Fire Arms Training Simulator) system and participated in very active role playing car stop scenarios, facilitated by department trainers. Other topics included crime analysis, patrol operations, SWAT, and many other police functions, units, and divisions. The instructors were the police officers and civilians that actually perform the work.
Chief Lynch, and the Raytown Police Department, is committed to providing and maintaining a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity, in 2016 and beyond.