News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

City Looking At A Year Of Progress

clock January 4, 2012 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-12-08 10-40-58.261The changing of the calendar to a new year is typically seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For Blue Springs, 2012 will be the year in which we see visible progress on the Missouri Innovation Park on Adams Dairy Parkway. As the University of Missouri prepares to break ground at its permanent location in Blue Springs, its involvement and commitment will raise the visibility and viability of MIP to the world’s animal-health-related companies, along with other entities and organizations.

It will take time, but we anticipate the demand for locations within the MIP will result in new, high-quality jobs for Blue Springs residents and those in the surrounding areas.

This year will also see the installation of the new digital radio system for our Police Department. This system, paid for by the public safety tax that Blue Springs voters approved last year, will substantially improve our Police Department’s communication ability and will help make our city safer. The improvements to the public safety building will enhance downtown and provide an improved workplace for our police officers.

Hopefully, 2012 will see progress on the regional transit proposal, which could bring even more activity to our downtown in the coming years.

The redevelopment of Woods Chapel Road continues, and residents will see utilities relocated this spring in preparation for the widening and resurfacing from Duncan Road on the north all the way south to Walnut Street. Right-of-way acquisition is under way, and we should see work on the road begin this year, with scheduled completion scheduled for 2013. The new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70 will improve the flow of traffic, especially during rush hour, and the signalized intersection at Duncan Road will make that area safer and less congested.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for the many cards, notes, copies of the newspaper and kind words regarding the story of the Christmas ornaments from my birth mother. To Martin Augustine of KMBC Channel 9 News and Lee Hill Kavanaugh of The Kansas City Star, thank you for telling the story in such a wonderful and compassionate manner. The response has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. For those who missed the stories, they can be viewed at http://bit.ly/QuibellOrnaments and http://bit.ly/AnnChristmas.
Happy new year, everyone! I look forward to another year of sharing with you all of the great things happening in Blue Springs!


Police Department Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

clock January 4, 2012 09:59 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Police Department Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy announced today that assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a public hearing on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Jackson County Fire District’s Training Facility, 4715 W. Highway 40. Blue Springs Mo. Public comments will be taken as part of the Blue Springs Police Department’s process to gain national accreditation. Chief Daniel Boring, ret., Virginia Police Department and Lieutenant Thomas Wilkes, Aurora, Colorado Police Department will conduct the on-site assessment.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The assessor will review documentation, interview individuals, and visit areas where compliance with CALEA standards can be observed.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessors by calling (816) 228-0174 on February 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Copies of the standards are available for review at the Blue Springs Police Department at 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo. You may also Contact Sergeant Linda DeMo at (816) 220-4567.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Blue Springs Missouri Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville, Va. 20155.

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Make 2012 The Safest Year Ever In Blue Springs

clock January 4, 2012 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell

B.S.P.D. Mission Possible

Preserving and Promoting a Safe Community

An e-news publication of the Blue Springs Police Department 
                                                                                             Volume 6, No.2

MAKE 2012 THE SAFEST YEAR EVER IN BLUE SPRINGS!

In This Issue

Preparing for National Accreditation

Meet Your BSPD

2011 BSPD Awards Event Honors Officers, Civilians, Citizens

10th BSPD Citizen Academy Class Graduates!

Quick Links

BSPD Text-A-TIP

C.Y.O.U.

Join Our Mailing List

BSPD Prepares for Accreditation On-site to be held February 6-9, 2012.

Everyone is welcome to provide input through the Public Hearing or call-in sessions on February 7, 2012.

Through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the Blue Springs Police Department voluntarily strives to achieve elite status by complying with national standards.

On February 6-9, 2012, assessors from CALEA will be examining BSPD policies, procedures and processes to ensure that we meet national standards.  The assessors from CALEA will be Chief Daniel Boring, ret. from the Culpepper, Virginia Police Department and Lieutenant Thomas Wilkes of the Aurora, Colorado Police Department.

As part of the process, the assessors conduct a public hearing and a public call-in session to obtain input.  Interested citizens can call the assessors on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 816 228-0174, or attend a public hearing in person at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Training Center on 40 Highway at 5:30 p.m. the same date.

 

EOM Officer Kenneth Keating

Uniformed Police Officer Kenneth Keating was a recent Employee of the Month. 

Uniformed Officers on the street are your first responders in an emergency.

Come Tour Your 

Blue Springs

Police Department

Police Department Tours Now Available!

Group tours of the Blue Springs Police Department are offered to students and youth.

Call the Crime Prevention Unit at (816) 228-0178 to arrange a tour for your group.

Welcome to the December 2011 edition of  edition of our BSPD electronic newsletter

"Mission Possible."  OChief Wayne McCoyur goal as always is to provide you with the most up-to-date information related to organizational activities and progress. 

With the new year comes the potential for dangerous roadways due to ice and snow.  Be sure to allow time to clear windows thoroughly, and never leave your vehicle running and unlocked.  Don't tempt someone into becoming a car thief!

In this issue we'll feature information on the upcoming accreditation process and public hearing, our 10th Citizen Academy class, 2011 Awards Event and feature another of our outstanding employees.

Please pass this newsletter along to friends and family, and have them sign up to automatically receive future editions.  Feedback and questions are always welcome!    Chief Wayne

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BSPD Officers, Civilians and

Citizens Honored at the 2011 BSPD Awards Ceremony.

The 10h annual awards ceremony of the Blue Springs Police Department, attended by approximately 150 employees, friends, family, city officials and community members was held on Sunday, December 11th, 2011, filling Adams Pointe Golf Club, where the staff at Adams Pointe provided a warm and festive atmosphere in which to celebrate.

Chief McCoy presented Citizen Recognition Certificates to Glen Williams and Wade Williams, two residents that assisted the police department with the apprehension of a suspect in a bank robbery on May 17, 2011.

Missouri State Representatives Sheila Solon and Jeanie Lauer were on hand to present House resolutions to the four "of the Year" recipients, including Volunteer of the Year Donn Wyckoff, Civilian Employee of the Year Teri Sandlin, Officer of the Year Shannon Humphrey and Supervisor of the Year Stacey Edwards.

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10th B.S.P.D. Citizen Police Academy graduation 11-02-11

CSI Blue Springs style is a favorite.

A civic minded group of citizens have given of their time and talents to participate in the Blue Springs Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA). On November 2, 2011, the 10th class culminated with graduation at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.

The CPA is a program designed to involve citizens with the Police Department and give them an opportunity to learn about police work and allow officers and citizens to interact and get to know each other. The first class began in September, 2008; since then over 180 people have participated in the 10 classes.

Class 10 brought together 19 individuals from diverse backgrounds with a desire to learn what police work is really all about. And learn they did!

The overall experience has been overwhelmingly positive for the participants of the class and many have become enthusiastic supporters of the police department, continuing their participation after the class ends through the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association or by becoming a department volunteer.

Soon to follow is the 11th class, which begins on January 26, 2012.  The program has been so popular that BSPD has added more classes than originally scheduled, but a waiting list of hopeful attendees remains. 

The Blue Springs Citizen and Youth Police Academies are ongoing programs.  Information can be obtained by contacting Sergeant Allen Kintz or Officer Doug Heishman 816-228-0178, or on the Internet at www.bluespringsgov.com.

Citizen Academy Firearms Training

 

Is has been my pleasure to bring you the latest news in Blue Springs public safety.  The Blue Springs Police Department is thankful for the tremendous support shown by our citizens.

Did you enjoy this issue of Mission Possible? Be sure to send me your feedback on how we can continue to improve this publication.  

Sincerely,

Wayne McCoy, Chief of Police

Blue Springs Police Department

 

City of Blue Springs | 903 W. Main Street | Blue Springs | MO | 64015


Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

clock December 14, 2011 11:00 by author Jeff Quibell
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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT

AND CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

PRESS RELEASE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 14, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Kids to “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” for the holidays

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will participate in the second “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” at 7 a.m., Saturday, December 17, at the Target Store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, Mo.

Thirty Blue Springs Police Department officers will volunteer their time by spending it with thirty students from Blue Springs School District. This program allows disadvantaged children to shop with an officer and purchase $125 worth of holiday gifts for their families.

The “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program is an opportunity for children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce the fact that police officers are friends in the community.

“This is the second year that we have been able to do this event and we are amazed by the community support for the program here in Blue Springs. These types of events help build relationships between area kids and police officers,” said Officer David Brotherton of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to help make sure these children and their families have a great Christmas this year.”

Following the shopping event, participants will join officers at the Adams Dairy Pointe Conference Center for a gift wrapping session and lunch with the officers.

This year’s event is sponsored by: Target, Olive Garden, Adams Pointe Conference, Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, City of Blue Springs Police Department, Ad Trends, All Star Awards, Autumn Place, Belfonte Ice Cream, Blue Springs Baptist Temple, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Landlord Group, Boyd Midwest, Brockman Family, CherryBerry, Mayor Carson Ross, Cooks Hams, Blue Springs Business League, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Cornerstone Church, David Bowerman Family, Daylight Donuts, Dena McLean, FIKE Corporation, Fun House Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza, Highway Trailer Sales, Inc., House of Heavilin, Hy-Vee, Kwik Kopy, LaMar’s Donuts, Laura Brennan, Lunar Bowl, Memories on Main Tea Room and Café, Missouri Mavericks, Minsky’s Pizza, Moreland Ridge School, Special Events on Main Street, Shriners International, Steve Steiner, Visual-Concepts LLC and Zeke’s Paint & Design Centers.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.

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First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System scheduled for Nov. 9

clock November 7, 2011 21:55 by author Jeff Quibell

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CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

PRESS RELEASE

CJCFPD Training Facility, 4175 US 40 HWY, Blue Springs, MO P: 816.229.9118 eoc@cjcfpd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 4, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System scheduled for Nov. 9

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – For years, local television and radio stations have periodically tested the Emergency Alert System with familiar tones followed by “This is a test…,” but on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the first time ever, a nationwide test of the alert system will take place.

While the Emergency Alert System is often used by state and local emergency managers for weather warnings, it has never been used or tested at a national level.

“In a major disaster that affects large areas, such as an earthquake, this system could be used to broadcast life-saving information very quickly,” said Todd Farley, Emergency Manager for the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. “This test will ensure that the system will work as intended if a nationwide alert needs to be issued.”

At 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 9, radio stations, local television stations, wireline video services, and cable and satellite providers in the Kansas City metropolitan area will join other broadcasters across the country for a simultaneous test of the system. Although the test will be similar to the routine monthly tests most of us are familiar with, there are a few key differences:

  • The nationwide test will last longer than normal — approximately three minutes.
  • While the audio message will include the words “This is a test” and be the same for everyone, the video test may vary due to differing technologies. Viewers should be aware that the video messages may or may not include the words “This is a test” in the background image or scroll at the bottom of the screen.
  • The test will be conducted through broadcast media only — it will not include NOAA weather radios, mobile devices or outdoor warning sirens.

The nationwide Emergency Alert System test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Weather Service. These agencies selected the date, Nov. 9, because it is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins. The time (1 p.m. CST) was selected to occur during working hours in time zones across the nation, minimizing disruption by avoiding traffic rush hours.

“The best time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens,” said Farley. “While the alert system can provide basic instructions during an emergency, we all need to take personal responsibility to make sure we’re ready.”

For more information on how you can prepare your family, visit Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee’s website at www.preparemetrokc.org. This site has preparedness tips for various types of disasters, as well as an online tool for creating a family plan.

For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, visit www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-alert-system-nationwide-test-eas.

The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire

Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, LakeTapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.

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2nd Annual "Shop with a Blue Springs Cop" Fundraiser Dinner

clock November 1, 2011 16:37 by author Jeff Quibell

Time

Saturday, November 5 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Location

Moreland Ridge Middle School

900 SW Bishop Dr

Blue Springs, Missouri


More Info

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association is requesting your support as they partner with the Blue Springs Police Dept. for the 2nd annual "Shop with a Blue Springs Cop" event that will occur December 17th, 2011.

During this event, Officers and volunteers will accompany 30 underprivileged children that attend Blue Springs Schools and take them to Target to shop for Christmas gifts. The Officers will assist th...e children as they select gifts for there family members. In doing this, the children will learn that Christmas is more than getting gifts, it is about sharing with others.

The children will then be taken to the Courtyard by Marriott where they will participate in a gift wrapping session, a K-9 demonstration, and a pizza lunch. Each child will be sent home with gifts for themselves and thier family, and a Christmas dinner in a bag.

In order for us to be able to make this event happen, we will be putting on a “Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser”. We would like to invite you to come down for our $5.00 Dinner plate (donated by Olive Garden!) on November 5th, with a dinner time between 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets will be required.

There will also be a “Raffle Auction” that night as well. This event will be held at Moreland Ridge Middle School, 900 SW Bishop Dr. Blue Springs, Mo. 64015.
You can contact me if you have any questions, if you want to buy a ticket, or if you want to donate to the “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” fund.

Thank you for your support,
P.O. David Brotherton SRO
Blue Springs Police Department
1100 SW Smith St
Blue Springs, Mo 64015
Office 816-228-0246
Cell 816-935-6770
dbrotherton@bluespringsgov.com

Event information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=260078067361202


Upcoming Crime Prevention Activities

clock August 16, 2011 15:33 by author Jeff Quibell

The following are upcoming BSPD crime prevention activities; please let us know of any questions.

8/27/11 - Waterfield North @ 2125 NE Springbrook
4 p.m., contact Carrie Rothove 679-4573

8/28/11 - Willow Brook HOA @ Baumgardner Park
4 pm.  Personal safety & neighborhood watch - Bob Williams is the contact, 665-8701

8/30/11 - Waterfield North HOA @ 2513 NE Adams Dairy Rd
7 p.m. - Neighborhood Watch, contact is Tosha Grotenhuis @ 674-8831, 201-4148 or 228-1445.

9/10/11; WCE @ 601 NW 39th St
3 p.m., Neighborhood Watch community party Officer Friendly & Bike Safety, contact is Maureen Johnson @ 868-0480 or 220-5554;

9/12/11, Willowbrook HOA @ 817 NW 19th St,
7 p.m. - Site survey & neighborhood watch, contact Bob Williams @ 665-8701 or 224-3241

9/14/11, First night of 10th BSPD Citizen Academy at CYOU training room (generally every Wednesday with exceptions)
6:00 p.m.

9/21/11, Block Captain kickoff meeting in the multi purpose room
6:30 pm. 

10/01/2011, @ Home Depot, contact Alice Raisback, 229-2902,
10 am to 2 pm for Child ID

10-25-11 @ 1st Baptist Church on Main Street
10:30 a.m. for 20-30 minutes per class with two classes, Officer Friendly for Mothers Day Out, Mattie Prawl is the contact at 896-6184

10/29/11 @ First Bible Baptist Church, 1441 SE ADP
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DARE car, contact is Dawn Pratt @ 220-2337 or 813-2526

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Tentative Future Dates:

November 2, 2011 for graduation of 10th BSPD Citizen Academy, 8 p.m.

November 5, 2011 for the “Shop With a Blue Springs Cop” Spaghetti Dinner

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National Night Out Against Crime Cancelled Due to Extreme Heat Warning

clock August 2, 2011 14:38 by author Jeff Quibell

Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, the National Night Out Against Crime event in downtown Blue this evening has been canceled.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely. We regret any inconvenience this will cause, but the safety of all participants is of primary concern.

This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

clock July 27, 2011 10:19 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY

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1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 | P: 816.228.0150 | F: 816.228.0147 | www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 27, 2011

CONTACT: Allen Kintz, Blue Springs Police Department

Phone: (816) 228-0178

Email: akintz@bluespringsgov.com, or

Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: (816) 655-0497

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

13th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs, Free Food, Games and Safety Information

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department’s Community and Youth Outreach Unit are sponsoring its twelfth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at 11th and Smith Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CodeRED, Let’s Move! Blue Springs and many more.

Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event’s main stage. Entertainment includes a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a musical performance by the Holy Hill Baptist Church Youth Choir and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.

“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our officers to personally interact with our community,” says National Night Out Coordinator Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s the perfect family outing, with information about crime prevention, health and safety, as well as free food, games, prizes, live entertainment featuring local performers, and much more.”

Mayor Ross encourages residents to take part in this year’s National Night Out activities saying they are, “an important step to strengthening the crime prevention partnership between police, residents and the community at large.”

“National Night Out is a free event that gives residents the opportunity to meet Blue Springs officers and civilians working to keep our community safe. By stepping out on a unified front, we’re sending a message to criminals letting them know that Blue Springs’ neighborhoods are organized and fighting back to prevent crime in our community.”

Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors include: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Sonic, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 3 Suns Cruise and Tours, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Blue Springs Fitness, China One, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Rancho Grande, Family YMCA Blue Springs, Union Station, 1st Bible Baptist Church, The Cake Pan and Lamar’s Donuts.

For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/nno or call (816) 228-0178.

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National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch to spotlight the role of the community in crime

and drug prevention. The first event took place 27 years ago. Last year, an estimated 34 million people attended National

Night Out events in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases

worldwide. For more information about National Night Out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit

www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno.

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Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) Training

clock May 18, 2011 15:20 by author Jeff Quibell

The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal Defense

System (RAD) is a national training program of realistic

self-defense tactics and techniques taught by Blue Springs

Police certified RAD instructors. Students will be provided

with self-defense options for all levels of physical ability.

Learn techniques and information to make an educated

decision about personal defense. Each 12-hour class session

is open to women ages 15 and older.

M 6-9 p.m. 6/6 - 6/27 $25

SA & SU 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8/6 - 8/7 $25

Sgt. Janet Jarvis

Blue Springs Police Department

1100 SW Smith St

Blue Springs, MO 64015

(816) 228-0151 - Dispatch

(816) 220-4532 - Fax