B.S.P.D. Mission Possible

Preserving and Promoting a Safe Community

An e-news publication of the Blue Springs Police Department 
                                                                                             Volume 5, No.2

 
 

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Public Safety Board Seeks Community Input

Meet Your BSPD

BSPD To Receive Patriot Award

7th BSPD Citizen Academy Class Graduates!

Mike Russell, Jeff Sargent Promoted to Sergeant!

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Forum 
November 9, 2010

On November 9 at 6 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board (PSB) will host its second annual public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs.

The PSB established the following topics for the forum:

1.  What changes in staffing, facilities, equipment or technology would you like to see the BSPD consider to meet the public safety needs of the future in Blue Springs?

2. The Blue Springs Police Department has made a concerted effort to increase visibility in the neigborhoods.  What improvements, if any, have you seen in the past 12 to 36 month period, and what additional suggestions do you have?

3.  What changes in coverage or services provided by our Animal Control Unit would you like to see?

4.  What other issues related to public safety should be addressed by the PSB?

The public forum will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street.

 

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.

Lt. John Kingsolver Employee of the Month 2010

Lieutenant John Kingsolver recently received the BSPD Employee of the Month Award from Chief McCoy.

"Bandit" on the trail of a burglar

"Bandit" Joins the Force!

The Blue Springs Police Department are please to announce that their newest K-9 Unit is officially on active duty beginning this week.  Bandit and his handler, Officer Weston Kendall recently completed the specialized K-9 training necessary to be cleared for active duty.

"K-9 units provide direct patrol responses in both retail areas and residential neighborhoods, ensuring that Officers and residents are safe in response to crimes in progress," Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said.  "Additionally, their use in locating missing persons, tracking escaped suspects or locating illegal drugs is a cost-effective way to ensure community safety.

During his training, Bandit has already assisted the department by participating in the search for a young runaway child who was found unharmed.  We greatly appreciate the support of the Rotary Club of Blue Springs and Blue Springs City Council in addressing this important need."

The new K-9 Unit joins Urich, and his handler, Officer Robert Unruh who previously served as the Blue Springs Police Department's only K-9 team.  The original K-9 team was made possible by a Federal grant in September 2006.

Greetings!

Chief Wayne McCoyIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the October 2010 edition of the Police Department's electronic newsletter, BSPD Mission Possible. 
Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information related to our organizational activities and progress. 
There are a number of exciting items in this issue, as it has been a busy year at the BSPD working for our community!  With seven adult and two youth citizen academies having now graduated, our partnership continues to grow. 

We are honored to receive the Patriot Award in Blue Springs, as our Department has significant participation in the military through activations, reserves and family members.

As the City Council, Public Safety Board, and Police Staff look for ways to address public safety needs, we'll be asking for your input and support to continue our goal of making this the safest city in the metro in which to live.

Please pass this newsletter along to friends and family, as I'll have more news coming soon!

 

City of Blue Springs Receives the "Patriot Award" for support of City Employees in the Military!

BSPD Officer Mark Grote During Military Service

BSPD Officer Mark Grote

During Military Service

The City of Blue Springs, Mo., was recently honored with the Patriot Award from the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Blue Springs Police Officer Mark Grote, who also serves as a Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy, nominated the City of Blue Springs for the award.

The award will be presented by James Carver, Administrative Support Technician of the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the Blue Springs City Council Meeting on November 15.  Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street.

"The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees that have answered their nation's call to serve," Carver said.

"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units."

The Patriot Award recognizes companies that go above and beyond with their policies for employees who participate in the National Guard and Reserve force. The award is for companies who provide leadership and provisions for these employees.

"The City of Blue Springs is a great organization to work for," said Grote. "They are always supportive of my commitment to our country and I am glad to be a part of their team."

 

Graduation for the 7th B.S.P.D. Citizen Police Academy 11-03-10

On November 3, 2010, the Blue Springs Police Department held a graduation ceremony for the sevent graduating class of the BSPD Citizens Police Academy.  The ceremony represented the culmination of nine weeks of hard work from its twenty graduates.  The ceremony was held in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building's multi-purpose room.

Chief Wayne McCoy introduced Mayor Carson Ross who addressed the cadets, thanking them for taking time to participate in the program.  Mayor Ross knows first hand how it feels to graduate from the Citizens Police Academy; he and first lady Eloise were two of the early graduates in the first year of the citizen academy.

Crime Prevention Sergeant Allen Kintz was the MC for the event, and presentedt each graduate a certificate of completion and a class photograph.

Blue Springs Police Department Citizen and Youth Academies are ongoing; if you are interested in participating in a future class, call Sgt. Allen Kintz at 816-228-0178 or send an e-mail to the police department at police@bluespringsgov.com.

 

New Sergeants!

Sergeants Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent promoted October, 2010

Sergeants Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent

The Blue Springs Police Department is proud to announce the promotions of Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent to the rank of Sergeant.  Each will assume their supervisory roles over a squad of Officers in uniformed patrol.

Sergeants Russell and Sargent were presented with their new badges at the department's customer service "pot luck" event held at Rotary Park on October 13, 2010.  Sergeant Russell's badge was pinned on by his wife Shannan; Sergeant Sargent received the similar honor from his wife Dianne.

The Sergeant position in uniformed patrol is one of the most important roles in any police department.  The direct supervision of major incidents, oversight and training of Officers, and the availability to assign and direct personnel are essential for maintaining our partnership with the community.  We are proud to announce that these two veteran officers have stepped up to continue serving the public in their new roles as Sergeants.

 

Is has been my pleasure to bring you the latest news in Blue Springs public safety.

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

We are

Making a Difference!

During each new issue of the Mission Possible newsletter, this section will be used for comments we have received from you, our citizens, recognizing the customer service efforts of our Blue Springs Police Department.

This month I greatly appreciate Mr. Jones for noticing some of the things that are not often noted - like this Officer who took the time and effort to make sure a garage was secure in the middle of the night.

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Date:Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:38 AM
To: Police
Subject: Thanks

Good morning Chief!
I want to thank you for obviously developing a stellar team of police officers.  I received a call from dispatch at 1:20 AM this morning that my garage doors were up and a patrol person was outside waiting until I closed them.  Please thank that person so much for me and my family. 

I had the pleasure of meeting one of your Special Tactics team members on September 25 at Keystone Park while he was on detail with some youths.  A real pro! 

I bought my house in April of 2009 and didn't move in until June but would go there at night to do things.  My neighbors didn't know me at the time and called the police.  I encountered the BSPD and again, nothing but professionals.  
Leadership comes from the top.  It is very apparent that you are in-deed a great leader.
Thank you sir,
Lewis B. Jones

 

 

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