Archive for category Public Notices
For Release: January 31, 2018
Prepared By: Captain Dyon Harper
Deadline Approaching for Western Union Scam Victims to Claim Refunds
Raytown MO- Raytown Police want everyone to know that the deadline for certain scam victims to claim refunds is rapidly approaching. Anyone that sent money to a scammer through Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, is urged to submit a claim by the deadline, February 12, 2018. Claims that meet the criteria should be submitted directly to the Federal Trade Commission as soon as possible at http://www.ftc.gov/WU.
Raytown Police are working diligently to locate and contact as many of those scam victims as possible to advise them of the refund availability, though over time, addresses and phone numbers change. For that reason, we are broadcasting the refund information to inform not only Raytown scam victims, but all victims of scams that involved Western Union during that time period. Scam victims should not wait to be contacted. Instead, they should submit a claim as soon as possible.
Scams often include (from FTC website):
- Online or internet scams – the victim did not receive the items they tried to buy online
- Lottery or prize promotion scams – the victim was told that they won a lottery or sweepstakes, but never received the prize
- Emergency or grandparent scams – the victim sent money to someone pretending to be a relative or friend in urgent need of money
- Advance-fee loan scams – the victim paid upfront fees but did not get the promised loans
- Online dating or romance scams – the victim sent money to someone who created a fake profile on a dating or social networking website.
Raytown Police ask that this information is widely shared with as many people as possible so that those scam victims may recoup their stolen money, often ranging into the thousands of dollars.
Filing a claim is free, so victims should not pay anyone to file a claim on their behalf. No one associated with the claims process will ever call to ask for someone’s bank account or credit card number (from Missouri Attorney General’s website.)
November 28th, 2017
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Raytown Police Pension Board of Trustees will conduct an open meeting on Wednesday December 6, at 8:00 a.m., in the Raytown Police Department Squad Room:
The agenda will include:
1. Investment Review & Market Outlook, – Brian Perott, FCI
2. Round Table Discussion
The next meeting will be as follows:
March 7, 2017
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
August 30, 2017
Dear Residents of Raytown:
I have had the pleasure of policing in Raytown for more than 40 years and have been Chief of Police since 2001. Our mission at the Raytown Police Department is to provide a safe community for the people that live and work in Raytown. I am proud to work with our dedicated men and women and I hold a great deal of responsibility to the people who call Raytown home.
Last night, I learned that the upcoming budget of the Police Department, which begins on November 1st, will be cut by over 2.5 million dollars, in addition to another half million dollars that have been cut. To fully inform our community, I have released a copy of the letter that outlines the budget cuts. In order to meet that budget goal, drastic reductions to staffing must occur. 85% of our annual budget is made up of personnel costs, for our dispatchers, detectives, police officers, and the rest of our staff. The budget reduction equates to substantial impacts to public safety service, including the reduction of the number of police officers that serve our neighborhoods and protect our city. Please bear with us as we work through this.
Thank you for your patience while we address this development and its impact on the men and women of the Raytown Police Department and the safety of the Raytown community.
Chief Jim Lynch
For Release: 08-08-17
Prepared By: Captain Dyon Harper
Police Release Tutorial of Many Crime Information Sources
Raytown, MO – Raytown Police released a video tutorial today, 08-08-17, which explains the many methods, which have been in place for years, that citizens and business people alike can learn about crime in the city. The video may be viewed at https://youtu.be/rnkDp8j1vh0. The video lists sources of crime information, including:
- RPD News Room (https://piorpd.wordpress.com/)-the daily blotter in which synopses of all Incident Reports are published by the Records Unit on business days, as well as press releases and public notices as needed. Subscribe once and receive instant updates as they are made.
- Community Crime Map (https://communitycrimemap.com/)-the crime map, which has been available since 2010, is updated every day. Subscribe once to receive crime in the selected area.
- Raytown Police website (http://www.raytownpolice.org/)
- Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RaytownPolice/)
- Twitter (https://twitter.com/RaytownPD)
The simplest way to ask a question is to click the “Contact Us” button on the Raytown Police website. Although sites are not monitored 24/7, all incoming questions and messages are reviewed daily. All of the above resources have a way for anyone to ask a question or request information.