News from the City of Blue Springs



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DATE: November 16, 2009,

CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176


Public Safety Advisory Board

Seeks Citizen Input at Public Forum – November 17

Blue Springs, Mo. – On November 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board will host a public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs. The public forum, which will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith St., is the second public meeting to be hosted by the Board in efforts to increase citizen-police partnerships in the community.

Advisory Board Chairman, Chris Lievsay will preside at the forum and encourages any interested persons to attend. The first public forum held in January 2009, was hosted by the original Mayoral-appointed Public Safety Advisory Task Force, and was well-attended. “We hope our citizens will take the time to come to the forum and actively participate in a positive way. This meeting represents the Board’s ongoing efforts to keep citizens informed and engaged in the activities of our Blue Springs Police Department, said Lievsay.

At a recent meeting, the Board established the following topics that are of great interest to the community, and each will be on the agenda for the November 17 public forum:

  • Do you feel the Blue Springs Police Department is providing adequate resources for Public Safety within the school district?
  • Is the visibility of Blue Springs Police Officers in your neighborhood improving?
  • Animal Control:
    • Are the Animal Control Ordinances within the City of Blue Springs adequate?
    • What areas of Animal Control can be improved?
  • Are there any other issues or topics related to Public Safety that should be addressed by the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board?

Police Chief Wayne McCoy echoed Chairman Lievsay’s appeal to the public saying, “I encourage all citizens to come and provide any input they may have. It is through the community’s partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department that we will be able to create and maintain the safest community possible.

We value everyone’s input, and hope that together, we can celebrate our successes while gaining an understanding of those areas where citizens feel we can do better.”

About the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board

The Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board was created by City Ordinance in August 2009 as a recommendation of the Mayor-appointed Public Safety Advisory Task Force. The six member board is comprised of two citizens from each City Council District, along with non-voting ex officio members that include representatives from the Blue Springs Police Department, City Council and a student from the Blue Springs School District. The Board has met monthly since its inaugural meeting in August, 2009.