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For Release: November 27th, 2017
Prepared By: Captain Dyon Harper
Guns Recovered after Early Morning Foot Pursuit
Raytown, MO – At about 5:00 A.M. today (11-27-17) officers were called to a residence in the 11000 block of E. 56 Terrace, regarding a vehicle that had been stolen. The resident’s pickup truck had been stolen during the early morning hours. While an officer went to that residence, another officer checked the parking lot of an apartment complex on 61 Street, west of Raytown Road, where other stolen autos have recently been abandoned.
Upon arrival at the parking lot, the stolen truck was found. When officers approached the truck, a 14-year-old male leaped from the truck and ran. The officers chased the male, losing sight of him. After several minutes of searching, officers located the male again, who ran again. They were able to take the male into custody in a nearby backyard, without incident.
Officers discovered stolen property in the truck, including two loaded handguns that were not in the truck when it was originally stolen. Some of the stolen property had been reported stolen last week, taken from another vehicle. The truck was returned to the owner.
The case will be forwarded to Jackson Family Court. Because the suspect is a juvenile, his identity will not be released.
Raytown Police remind everyone that one of the simplest ways to reduce their chance of being victims of theft is to always lock their vehicle doors when leaving vehicles unattended and to remove anything of value, including cash, credit cards, spare vehicle keys, firearms, and small electronics. Making a vehicle a less appealing and difficult target makes a difference.
Report Number 17-3983
Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017
For Release: November 1, 2017
Prepared By: Captain Dyon Harper
Two KC Men Charged in Armed Robbery Conspiracy, Including Three Raytown Robberies
Jerry D. Patterson, 21, and Michael A. Harris, 19, both of Kansas City, were charged in a criminal complaint filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. That complaint was unsealed and made public upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Patterson and Harris. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Patterson and Harris were involved in a conspiracy to commit 10 armed robberies at area businesses over a four-week period in September and October 2017, including three Raytown robberies in October (CVS-5310 Blue Ridge Bd., Dollar General-5105 Blue Ridge Bd., and Walgreens-9300 Gregory Bd.) More information may be found here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/two-kc-men-charged-armed-robbery-conspiracy.
It’s a good reminder that not all crimes that occur in Raytown are isolated to only Raytown. They are occasionally part of a series of crimes that occur across the metro area. When a series is identified, we work with other affected agencies to pool our resources and investigate the series or “crew” that is perpetrating the crimes.
When that joint investigation occurs, our ability to share information is very limited, so that the investigation is not jeopardized. We’ve had to do the same thing with other robbery series that have affected our local businesses in the recent past. We just ask for patience while our detectives work. If the cases are solved, like these cases were, the payoff of an arrest or indictment is worth all of that time and effort.
Great work to all of the detectives from the involved agencies and our own!
For Release: 10-23-17
Prepared By: Captain Dyon Harper
Police Continue Dangerous Driving Enforcement Near Schools
Raytown, MO – Police continue efforts to reduce dangerous driving near Raytown’s schools, by announcing in advance which specific school areas the dangerous driving enforcement will occur.
During the week of October 23rd to October 27th, dangerous driving enforcement will occur near:
Spring Valley Elementary
Raytown South Middle School
Raytown Middle School
If advanced notice of the enforcement reduces dangerous driving, the community goal of safer roadways for our children is reached, potentially with no tickets issued! It’s a “win-win.” Of course, our officers will be present to stop and speak with those that choose to drive dangerously anyway. The goal is to reduce dangerous driving near schools, not issue citations; that’s why the specific areas of enforcement will be announced in advance.
Officers will still be conducting their patrol of other areas and roadways; though they will specifically be present near those designated schools each week.
Any requests for traffic-related enforcement may be made directly to the Traffic Unit at 816-737-6106. The Traffic Unit will need the location and likely time of occurrence of the traffic infraction(s.)
Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017
For Release: 10-03-2017
Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper
Man Charged After Stabbing Grandson
Raytown, MO – Jose D. Ortega, a 67-year-old Raytown man, has been charged with the stabbing of his 12-year-old grandson earlier this morning, 10-03-17. The incident occurred at a residence in the 8000 block of Hunter.
When police arrived at the scene, they found that a 12-year-old boy had been stabbed by Ortega. Ortega left the scene by the time police arrived, but later returned and was taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Ortega Mug Photo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raytown Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on October 4, 2017
Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
Raytown, MO—On October 4, 2017, officers from the Raytown Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9am – 11 am on 10/04/17 at Raytown HyVee, 9400 E. 350 Hwy. Please contact Community Services Unit Coordinator Cheri Hennig with questions: (816) 737-6018, email@example.com.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Raytown’s neighborhoods.
The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Police Chief, Jim Lynch. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
September 25, 2017
Dear Residents of Raytown:
Earlier this month, I learned that the upcoming budget of the Police Department will be cut by just over 3 million dollars. 85% of our annual budget is made up of personnel costs, including jail staff, dispatchers, detectives, police officers, and so on. We knew that such a significant budget reduction would equate to drastic reductions to staffing and substantial impacts to public safety service. At that time, I asked for patience as we determined just what that meant to our staffing levels and the service that we strive to provide to our community. I hold a great deal of responsibility to the people of Raytown, even when it involves bad news. It was important to inform everyone that may be impacted then, and it is even more important now.
My staff and I have poured over every possible option to maintain basic law enforcement service within the budget constraints.
In order to meet the budget mandate of the upcoming budget period, effective November 1, 2017, the following 30 positions will have to be eliminated:
17 Full-time sworn police officers of various assignments (brings the number of sworn officers from 56 to 39)
10 Full-time civilian personnel (brings the number of civilian personnel from 21 to 11)
3 Part-time civilian personnel (brings the number of part-time civilian personnel from 3 to 0)
Our total authorized (full-time) staffing will be reduced from 77 to 50. The elimination of those positions will result in the reduction of police service, including:
- Elimination of all civilian jail personnel
- Elimination of all Community Services activities (Annual Safety Fair, Coffee with a Cop, Copcicles for kids, etc.)
- Reduction of the number of Detectives
Last week, those cuts to staff, and the resulting service reduction, were presented to the finance committee, which included the City Administrator and four Aldermen. I requested a smaller cut to the budget, a compromise, to be able to maintain service levels. At the time of posting this letter, the Board’s budget reduction mandate has not changed.
Today, I spoke with my staff, including the individual members whose position will be eliminated. Each one of them is trained and experienced and has served with honor, integrity and professionalism. I am proud of each and every one of them. Their absence will be felt by everyone.
Our mission at the Raytown Police Department has always been to provide a safe community for the people that live and work in Raytown, and I am proud to work, and to have worked, with our dedicated men and women that do so.
Chief Jim Lynch
For Release: 09-01-17
Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper
Police Correct Misleading Staffing Information
Raytown, MO – Tonight, the Raytown Police is releasing organizational data, to address incorrect and misleading information in regard to the staffing of our Patrol Division. The inaccurate staffing information was broadcast by a local television station today, so clarification appears necessary.
The total authorized number of sworn police officers in Raytown is 56. Those officers include all ranks, from Patrol Officer to the Chief of Police. Of those 56 sworn police officers, 36 positions are assigned to the Patrol Division. Those 36 officers comprise four Patrol Squads (each with a Sergeant, Corporal, and six Patrol Officers) and the Traffic Unit (comprised of a Sergeant and 4 Traffic Officers.) These officers’ daily duties consist of responding to calls for service, patrolling, traffic enforcement, etc.
This means that the duties of these 36 positions are to put on a uniform and drive a marked patrol car for the shift. They patrol our parks, neighborhoods and entire city, between responding to calls for help from our residents and businesses. The number of officers that patrol “the streets” is also increased by reserve police officers, who supplement the Patrol Division by patrolling during large events or just being added as an additional officer for a patrol squad.
The Patrol Division organization chart has been released with this press release as a reference.
Those sworn personnel not assigned to Patrol are assigned to the Investigations Unit and three are assigned to the hiring/training unit.
As a matter of full transparency, Raytown Police has an authorized number of 21 Civilian employees, which are made up of Dispatchers, Detention Technicians, Records Clerks and a Crime Analyst. The total authorized number of staff of the Raytown Police Department is 77.
The picture that a very small number of sworn officers patrol our city is simply not true.
Although the 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy is already underway, we implore all of our residents to ask questions and learn about their police department, by attending a future Citizen’s Police Academy, ride with an officer on a ride-a-long, or volunteer at many of our community events.