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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.
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.
For Release: 07/25/2017
Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper
Raytown Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy to Begin August 2017
Raytown, MO – Chief Jim Lynch of the Raytown Police Department is pleased to announce the Raytown Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy will be held this fall on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, from August 30 through November 1, 2017 in the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library’s Meeting Room.
The Raytown Citizens Police Academy, which has been held in the fall since 2012, offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about the operations of the Raytown Police Department during the 10 week, two and a half hour sessions on Wednesday nights. Topics presented include, but are not limited to, Crime Awareness, Crisis Negotiations, Role Playing in Traffic Stop Scenarios, Patrol Operations, Gangs and Narcotics, and SWAT. The instructors for each course are the police officers and civilians that actually perform the work. All applicants must pass a background check before acceptance.
Prior registration is required by signing up at the library’s website www.mymcpl.org, calling the library (816-353-2052), registering in person at the library, or by contacting the Community Services Unit at 816-737-6018. Seats are limited, so register now.
For Release: 06-26-17
Prepared By: Capt. Dyon Harper
Police Announce Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety Initiative
Raytown, MO — On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Raytown Police will launch a Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) initiative. Location-based crime and traffic data is integrated with traffic enforcement strategies to play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. This model does not require additional officers or overtime. Instead, existing resources are used in a more efficient manner.
The Raytown Police Department has identified two study areas, based on historic crime and traffic crash data for Raytown over a three year period. These areas represent an overall disproportionate volume of crime based on the size and population of the area.
DDACTS Zone #1 is the area around Raytown Road, from 59 Street to 63 Street. DDACTS Zone #2 is the area around 350 Highway, from Hunter to Arlington (see attached maps.)
Patrol officers will spend dedicated time conducting high-visibility enforcement in the treatment zones in addition to increasing patrols in these areas when they are not responding to emergency calls. Their goal is to prevent crime from happening in the first place, not to write tickets or make arrests (though both will be a byproduct of the increased presence.) The emphasis is on outcomes (reduced crime and crashes), not outputs (tickets and arrests).
Visit the Raytown Police Department’s website to learn more about how DDACTS works, http://www.raytownpolice.org/ddacts.
DDACTS has proven successful by many other law enforcement agencies across the nation, and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, and many more.