Sunday, August 6, 2017

RAYTOWN'S LEADING NEWS SOURCE

Board Endorses Personnel Policy
The Board of Aldermen has endorsed the new Personnel Policy for the City of Raytown. In a string of unanimous votes, the Board gave approval of a number of policy changes that had met with stiff resistance from the Police Department in the recent months.

The Board of Aldermen adopted a new Personnel Policy in December of 2016. Due to complains and concerns voiced by the Raytown Police Department, Aldermen agreed to listen to the complaints and re-evaluate the new policy.

Last Tuesday, the Board re-affirmed the decisions made in December of 2016.

All of the listed below gained unanimous approval of Board members present at the meeting. One member, Ward 5 Alderman Eric Teeman, was excused from the meeting for personal reasons.

Here is a short list of the items approved by the Board last Tuesday.

GPS IN CITY VEHICLES: The Board unanimously approved placing GPS tracking devices on all city vehicles. The Police Department had asked that GPS devices be used on a case by case basis on vehicles. The Board unanimously turned down the suggestion.
Motion to approve: Bonnaye Mims        Second: Mark Moore

CONCEAL AND CARRY ORDINANCE: The Board unanimously approved language change to bring Raytown’s ordinance in line with Missouri state law.
Motion to approve: Bill Van Buskirk       Second: Jason Greene

TIME CLOCKS: Re-affirmed the use of time clocks for ALL city personnel. 
Motion to approve: Bonnaye Mims        Second: Karen Black

TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE PUBLIC SAFETY SALES TAX: Alderman Ryan Myers made a motion to earmark funds from the Public Safety Sales Tax to pay for body cameras for police officers. In so doing, his motion returned money the Police Budget to the General Fund from sales tax revenue. Thereby allowing the money to be spent on other needed items within the city.
Motion to transfer funds: Ryan Myers        Second: Bonnaye Mims

TAKE HOME VEHICLES BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT: This is the only item that was carried over by the Board for future consideration because not all of them Board members had received the requested information in a timely manner from the Police Department. The Board carried the discussion over until the September agenda for a final decision. The information asked for by Board members include:

The number of vehicles taken home by police personnel each day.
The round trip miles they are driven to those homes.
The cost of fuel and estimated wear and tear on vehicles taken home.
Policy on the private use of vehicles when they are taken home by police personnel
Discussion of implications as regards insurance costs due to private use of public vehicles.

The Raytown Report will carry an analysis of the information in next week’s edition.
Motion to Table: Steve Meyers        Second: Bill Van Buskirk

As I See It . . .
BY GREG WALTERS
The City of Raytown is at a crossroads. And it is becoming more and more apparent the majority of the Board of Aldermen are well aware of it.

At the last meeting the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to make to turn back proposed  changes in the Personnel Policy despite the strong opposition from the Police Department.

The crossroads is something that all Raytowners are aware of . . . the city’s infrastructure is crumbling. It would be fair to say that it is nearing a point of crisis. Consider the following:

Last year the Board of Alderman chose not to do any street maintenance work. The reason was because of failed street that developed a sinkhole. The cost of repair literally burned through the money that had been set aside for street maintenance for fiscal 2016/2017.

That is, if you want to call if street maintenance. The slurry seal program used by the city over the past eight years has proven to be a failure. Streets were overlaid with a mixture of oil and gravel that were far beyond the point of disrepair for that type of treatment.

The result has been streets that are in no better shape than they were five years ago.

The Board has some hard decisions to make. Police overtime costs are gutting the city budget. Questionable vehicle take home policies also muddy the path to a recovery that could turn Raytown around.

the Board must continue the path they chose at their last meeting on August 1st. They banded together and made it clear they are the decision makers at Raytown City Hall.

They would do well to remember that.

As Ward 5 Alderman Bonnaye Mims told the Board the night she was sworn in. If this city is to prosper and grow, it must be remembered that if part of it fails, all of it fails.

Wise words . . . let’s hope the rest of the Board takes those words to heart.


RAYTOWN CLEAN-UP PROGRAM 
The Board of Aldermen has set aside $10,000 for a Raytown Clean-up Program for use by Raytown homeowners who wish to dispose of junk and storm debris. Details are spelled out in the yellow notice shown above.
Motion to approve: Jason Greene       Second: Bonnaye Mims

The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – August 01, 2017
The Board passed a resolution amending the budget related to city-wide cleanup.  A budget transfer in the amount of $10,000.00 from Outside Agency Requests City-Wide Clean Up.  The transfer of funds will allow for a 30-day enhancement of the clean-up coupon program allowing citizens to purchase $40.00 of clean-up services for $5.00 in lieu of the standard $20.00 of service.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to section 1–in general.  The current Employee Personnel Manual was adopted by the Board of Aldermen pursuant to Resolution R-2925-16 on December 20, 2016.  Per the City Code, the City Administrator is to recommend policy to the Board of Aldermen for consideration and approval.  After the current Personnel Manual’s adoption, the previous Employee Committee representing each department reconvened to further review the adopted manual.  During the review, there were some suggested changes.  This amendment addresses position classification and compensation plan based upon and graded according to assigned work duties and responsibilities, merit and performance shall be developed and maintained by the City Administrator, or his delegate to provide standardization and the proper classification of all positions.  At the June 20, 2017 Board of Aldermen meeting during the review of suggested changes, staff was directed to obtain legal review of the Personnel Manual.  The entire manual was reviewed by Matt Gist of Ensz & Jester and individual policies were reviewed by Audrey Odermann of Mize Houser & Company, P.A. at the direction of Mr. Gist.

For more information go to . . .
and start on page 83.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  Per the City Code, the City Administrator is to recommend policy to the Board of Aldermen for consideration and approval.  This amendment addresses description of positions and harassment policies.

For more information, go

and start on page 92.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  Per the City Code, the City Administrator is to recommend policy to the Board of Aldermen for consideration and approval.  This amendment addresses recruitment, probationary periods, employee evaluations personal time off, personnel records, separation from employment, and disciplinary policy.

For more information, go to  
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT 
and start on page 96.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment addresses violence in the workplace.  Alderman Van Buskirk made a motion, and the Board approved it, stating elected officials can carry firearms onto city property.

For more information, go to
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT  
and start on page 119.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment addresses substance abuse.

For more information, go to  
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT 
and start on page 125.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment addresses on-call policy.

For more information, go to
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT 
and start on page 137.

The Board tabled a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment is relating to the stand-alone take home City owned vehicle policy.

For more information, go to  
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT
and start on page 144.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment addresses time clock policy. 

For more information, go to
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT 
and start on page 148.

The Board passed a resolution approving amendments to the Raytown personnel manual relating to current Employee Personnel Manual.  This amendment addresses tuition reimbursement.

For more information, go to
ORIGINAL AGENDA TEXT 
and start on page 151.

The Board passed a resolution approving the reallocation $11,087.64 of $30,000.00 that was budgeted for an HVAC system in the Police Department Evidence room to purchase two 70 TB SAN devices for body camera footage storage.  Alderman Ryan Myers made a motion to have the funds come from the Public Safety sales tax fund instead of the Capital sales tax fund.

Finance director, Briana Burrichter said there is not enough money in the Public Safety sales tax fund to pay for the equipment and the Public Safety sales tax fund will be over-budget.  The video from the Body Worn Cameras is currently utilizing 14 terabytes (TB) of storage space. The agency is uploading approximately 1 TB of data per month.

The current storage space is over 80% full, suggesting that in approximately 90 days, the allotted media storage space will be completely full. The staff is requesting to purchase two storage area network devices for a total cost of $11,087.64. This was not a budgeted expense; however, the city  budgeted $30,000.00 for an HVAC System in the Evidence Room that was actually completed under a Public Works project. The staff is requesting to use $11,087.64 of the $30,000.00 from Capital Sales Tax to make the purchase of two 70TB SAN devices.

They are requesting to purchase this from CDW-G , since they were the best and lowest bid. The Raytown Police Department often makes purchases from CDW. CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and health care organization. They offer competitive pricing and are often the best bid. We are anticipating spending approximately $25,106.00 with CDW for this budget year. This is a budgeted expense for IT equipment. This has been before the Sales Tax Oversight Committee.


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70 comments:

Andy Whiteman said...

It is really expensive to have servers dedicated to storage of police body cameras as well as all other data the PD and other city departments need to store. The stored data is then subject to hacking, hard drive failure and possible loss or alteration! Has anyone thought of cloud storage? There are companies offering such storage. I use Carbonite to back up my data. They primarily back up but someone should check to see if they will store data. Even if the City chooses to maintain the data onsite, I still recommend secure cloud backup to prevent loss of the data:
Please click link: http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-1162490-12487222

Andy Whiteman

Jay Martin said...

Andy - a server in a private office is safer than the cloud. If you don't believe me, ask Target, Sony, Home Depot, JP Morgan, EBay, and Ashley Madison.

Anonymous said...

You may be very wrong about a server being safer than the cloud. The hacks you mentioned (that I am aware of)were done from the inside, not from the outside.

Anonymous said...

They spoke aboitbthe cloud option in the past, that carries an expense to that is comparable.

Anonymous said...

Cute how Aziere, Hunt and Ryan Myeres had nothing to say about the PD in the Manuel, even though they ran on reform to that. I guess they realized that many of the reformers were already elected, after bashing them of course, what a joke.

Anonymous said...

I thought Green made an amendment to keep GPS on the vehicles, what happened to that discussion? It wasn't finished

Peggy Sue said...

8:07 I guess you didn't read Greg's editorial. Specifically the 6th paragraph. You might try that. I think it will tell you what you want to know.

Anonymous said...

I just had a scary experience at the McDonald's on 350 highway. I was sitting with my grandkids eating ice cream and a man came in with a handgun on his belt for everyone to see. It was very alarming. I grew up on a farm and don't have anything against hunting as long as it is humane, but why do people need to carry around guns and especially where anyone can see them? Seems like they're looking for trouble.

Anonymous said...

Missouri has been an open/carry state for many, many years. It is not anything new. It means you can carry a gun as long as it is visible. I think the State of Missouri recently passed new laws that allow for conceal and carry as well. Granted it is unusual to see someone other than police with weapons strapped on their belt. Most people probably do not do it because it does not fit social norms. On the other hand, with the violence in our world today you cannot blame someone for wanting to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones if unhinged people go crazy. It seems the police cannot keep up with the violence. So what is there left to do but protect yourself?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long the police are supposed to keep video from their officers? This looks and sounds like another unfunded mandate from the federal government. Probably thought up by some bureaucrat who thinks money grows on trees. I agree with Andy. The Cloud is not without faults, but at least you do not have expensive hardware to purchase. Hardware that becomes obsolete the minute you put it in. The savings from not having to hire in special techs to maintain private servers is also another hidden cost. Back to my original thought. How long do the police have to keep the videos? They could set up a program that deletes old video once it has reached a certain age, thereby clearing up space on the hard drive for storage of new video.

Greg Walters said...

Due to some miscommunication between Paul Livius and me, the links were not properly loaded on the page when we published yesterday. The links are now properly loaded. By clicking on them you will have access to the Board of Aldermen agenda. The agenda verbiage goes into greater detail than our headline.

Sorry for the confusion.

Anonymous said...

Woke up to the news that a Clinton MO Police Officer had been shot and killed last night on a traffic stop. Sending thoughts and prayers to the officer's family and work family. I wonder how many of those people that love to vilify our own police on this site will do the same?

Anonymous said...

Question? If the city is suppose to be "broke". Where has all the money gone?

Tom Larson said...

7:26 -
I know where $3.5 million of it goes each year. It goes to pay the TIF bonds. Ask Alderman Aziere why he thought it was such a good idea to vote for this disaster.

Anonymous said...

Whose idea was it to go down the financial destruction road, AKA TIF, besides Aziere?

Anonymous said...

Did the man pull out the handgun and demand your wallet or did just the sight of a handgun scare you? Would you have been scared if the man had a knifes his belt? Edge weapons are used almost 2:1 to guns by people committing crimes. Maybe you should relocate to Chicago, all types of carry is illegal there. That said they lead the nation in firearm related deaths and have a murder rate almost 3 times that of KC.

Anonymous said...

The City has been skimming off things like the public safety sales tax and the Walmart TIF for years to make ends-meat. Now that the public is on to their scheme, they are crying that they are broke. The city is predictable, the start by claiming they are broke in August, then cut the budget to the bone in October, come January they will have a plan to make this a utopian city if the voters approve something in April. Not this time City, you have failed on too many promises. You want our vote you need to start honoring what you promised us in the past. Where are the 8 additional police officers? Additional means in addition to what you had, not to pay for what you are already paying for. Where is the additional EMS staffing you also promised? You cannot staff your ambulances now and you want to waste 60,000 on a lifting device so it can sit in the money sucking ems building? Why do you even need that building? AMR does not need buildings around Independence, they expect their crews to be out and mobile when they are needed. Here is a better idea, why don't you ask the school district for some of that 16 million dollars you have them, so you could build a 5 million dollar Walmart. I am sorry folks but the time has come for you to be accountable.

Anonymous said...

God bless the family of the Clinton Police Officer that was killed last night, and God bless all other police officers that handle dangerous situations and keep us safe.

Anonymous said...

Literally that decision has put this town financially in such a hole. Councilman Aziere needs to own it and go home!

Anonymous said...

Why show all those you made motions? I know from watching the meetings just because you second a motion doesn't mean you actually did any work on it. Ask Aziere, he does that a lot!

Tom Larson said...

8:20 -

Besides Mayor David Bower pushing for the TIF, the aldermen who voted for the TIF were Charlotte Melson, Michael Lightfoot, Jim Aziere, Steve Mock, Shawn Perdue, Joe Creamer, Pat Ertz, Jim Hamilton, and Christine White. Alderman Greg Walters voted no.

Anonymous said...







Hello My People,

You are cordially invited to attend the Raytown Citizen's Police Academy.

Wed evenings, 6pm-8:30pm, August 30-Nov 1 at the Raytown Library. FREE!!

Please RSVP to 816-737-6018, or register at www.mymcpl.org

Items to bring to class include: your questions, your concerns, your curiosity.

SEE YOU THERE!

Anonymous said...

Are there any possible legal actions that can be pursued against those that voted for the TIF? Maybe Aziere, since he's still lingering around?

Anonymous said...

"A society that makes war with its police, better learn to make friends with criminals." - Bill Clinton

not that it will resonate with this particular blog.

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed an up-tick in the number of blogs where people debase themselves by resorting to name calling? Watch out for this tactic. It the last refuge of someone who has lost an argument. They cannot defend their position so they simply call someone a name.

Anonymous said...

After reading Greg's comments about the last BOA meeting it has become very clear there are only a very few alderman who are doing the work. The rest of you need to get on board or resign

Andy Whiteman said...

6:27 AM, I noticed that years ago long when this blog had another name. My wife resorted to name calling when she had no valid point, not point at all, or just wanted to argue. I ignore name callers as well as making rude comments from anonymous posters.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Well said.

Andy Whiteman said...

To: anonymous who is complaining that RPD does not release information:
I just received this as an email from RPD:
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."

Anonymous said...

Tom Larson,

You responded the 8:20 was incorrect.

Your comments: "Besides Mayor David Bower pushing for the TIF, the aldermen who voted for the TIF were Charlotte Melson, Michael Lightfoot, Jim Aziere, Steve Mock, Shawn Perdue, Joe Creamer, Pat Ertz, Jim Hamilton, and Christine White. Alderman Greg Walters voted no."

The first clue was Shawn Perdue was elected in 2009 and replaced Greg. Also in 2009 Clifford Sargeon, who had been appointed to the board by Bower to file Pat Riehle's unexpired term, lost to Micheal Lightfoot.

The vote in question was from 2007.

The board was Ward 1 Greg Walters and Joe Creamer, Ward 2 Jim Aziere and James Halmiton, Ward 3 Christine White and Charlotte Melson, Ward 4 Pat Ertz and Barb Schlpia, and Ward 5 Marlyin Flemming and Pat Riehle.

I hope that sets the record and allows folks to ask those individuals, who other than Christine White that doesn't still live in Raytown, why they voted "YES".

Anonymous said...

6:27 Name calling really.

Anonymous said...

I see in the KC Star this morning a report of an armed robbery at the 67th St. Pizza Hut. The story also mentioned crimes against other businesses all occurring July 27 and 28.
Don't remember seeing hat info here or in the local paper.
The story also mentioned crime photos had just been released by Raytown PD.

Anonymous said...

The police are sharing a lot of information with us. I appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who the crime photos were released to since most of the photos came from the crime scene. Who viewed and did they really speak with the pizza hut employees that maybe could have recognized him?

Our Raytown Rag is of no value. Randy Randy what is your problem?

Anonymous said...

I would think the more the public knows about a crime that it would benefit any crime investigation. Someone may come forward who knows something to help solve the crime. Keeping the information buried does not really do any investigation much good.

Andy Whiteman said...

6:53AM, Please go to the RPD website and sign up to receive information and you will see it is not buried. I receive a daily email of ALL police responses as well as wells as major crime emails and emails where the PD needs information. Yesterday I received a video of an armed robbery of the Phillips 66 at 8711 E 87th if I remember thew address correctly. I have also received suspect photos.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

9:21The police are sharing a lot of information with us. I appreciate that.

What does the above person mean, no information has been real eased to the public and the press has been limited in there coverage. Let us see photos made public let us try and identify the criminals. ?????

Anonymous said...

So how many business have now been robbed in Raytown.

Sounds like all by the same individuals

Maybe Shawnee, KS police can help as they put a stop to the last group of Raytown misfits.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I love the way the police is putting out information. Chief Lynch and the officers are doing a great job!

Anonymous said...

Dear Tom Cole,

For those days, which I fear are many, you have to deal with those on the Board of Alderman that truly believe they are great thinkers and benefit Raytown.

“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.”

Konstantin Jireček

At least those great thinkers are helping you with your resume and the ability to "Do anything with nothing".

Anonymous said...

From watching the meeting it looks like they all chime in...except for Aziere. I woild watch the meeting as opposed to reading it from the blog. You a get a better idea of who is actually pushing things vs who just want to make motions.

Anonymous said...

Putting GPS on police cars is very dangerous, in my opinion, and the city better have good liability insurance. Because the first time an officer is hurt or killed because someone hacked the system, their family will own this city. And if you think these things can't be hacked, you're fooling yourself.

Jose

Anonymous said...

An officer is working the night shift. A car pulls up beside him. A shot rings out. the officer is hit. His assailants break into the police car and drive off, holding the injured officer hostage. At the police station one of the dispatchers notes the officer has not checked in for quite some time. She radios his car, his cell phone, no response. She turns to the GPS tracker and sees the car is driving away from Raytown. Surrounding poice departments are alerted. Thanks to gps tracking, within minutes the car and officer is found. Will someone tell me why gps on police cars is a bad idea?!?

Anonymous said...

Jose,

In the name of the Lord, what are you talking about?

Where any place in the world an offer has be ambushed is it tied to GPS.

Sounds like you and the police have something to hide!

Anonymous said...

I think that Jose does not really understand the real implications that GPS would do for the dept.

Anonymous said...

All of their patrol cars already have GPS. I learned this last year when I went through the citizen's police academy.They have a map in the dispatch center that shows them moving around. You all should attend (or at least as for a tour) so you can learn how they operate. A bit of actual information goes a long way.

Andy Whiteman said...

6:45PM, I agree with you. GPS is bad for an officer who may have strayed from his patrol or an officer with a take home car and his supervisors can see where and how it is being used.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Stupid. Almost every PD has gps.

Anonymous said...

Thank god you're not on the Board.

Anonymous said...

If only we had those officers we were promised with the passing of the public safety sales tax. Don't blame the chief for that one, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the former city administrator and the Board of Aldermen.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jose
Please elaborate. Anon 6:45 described a scenario where GPS might prove useful. You just make a scary claim that the system can be hacked and that could result in an officer's family owning the city.
I've worked with GPS/GNSS systems for 30 years and I don't see the same vulnerability as you. Please share with us just what you foresee happening.

Yes, we are all aware of the instances of bad reference maps leading clueless drivers to end up in lakes and stranded on back country trails. I don't see our officers blindly following a GPS map into harms way. Most of our guys know every nook and cranny of our little berg.

Anonymous said...

i have read a lot of the comments on this blog. Some people are clever. Some are mean, some are well intentioned. Some make no sense at all. Read the following comment posted on August 10th.

Putting GPS on police cars is very dangerous, in my opinion, and the city better have good liability insurance. Because the first time an officer is hurt or killed because someone hacked the system, their family will own this city. And if you think these things can't be hacked, you're fooling yourself.

I don't know if you can hack gps. Even if you did, how would it prove to be dangerous to the police? They drive around in vehicles that are clearly marked. So it is not like there is some big secret as to where they are. Even the unmarked cars are easy to spot without gps.

I think someone with a hyper active imagination has been watching too many movies. GPS does not cost lives. But it could very well save some. By the way, did you know that your cell phone can be used to track you? If we believe the August 10th post, guess we better round up all the city owned cell phones and destroy them! Think of how many lives we will save!

Anonymous said...

They can. Be hacked and it allows for a sneak attack, like if the officer is writing reports in a parking lot or whatever. Open your eyes people, there is a war on the police in our country. So why make it easier for some criminal to track them.

Anonymous said...

Anything can be hacked. Does that mean law enforcement shouldn't have information on criminals because it can be hacked. Or information on crime analyzes because that information can be hacked? Don't have a bank account or credit cards because it can be hacked. etc...Pretty lame argument to not put GPS in PD vehicles, because it can be hacked and people die.. It keeps officers safe and accountable for their where abouts and hundreds if not thousands of city's use them with no problems.

Put GPS in all city vehicles.

Anonymous said...

The police wanted the ability to turn off the gps when they wanted to. like when they are off duty. They did not get it. The board did not pick on the p.d. They made the rule for ALL vehicles in Raytown. Yes. Even those unmarked cars. Evven the Chief of Police. I think it is good idea for the city to step up and join the other forward looking communities in the area.

Anonymous said...

Well when the city looses their butt because an officer was killed and the gps the as the way the killer got the drop on him, you've been warned.

Anonymous said...

Now there's something that makes sense in all this uninformed back and forth. Go learn something before you "think it's this way or that", or you have some conspiracy theory that someone is doing something wrong, etc.
You pay the bills so take the time to learn the truth.

Anonymous said...


Whoa - wait a minute! What did I miss? When was an officer killed in Raytown? Oh, I get it. Someone has Chicken Little syndrome. Grow up and quit being a little Nancy!



Anonymous said...

Seriously? Most cops have GPS. You think cop killers will just hack GPS somehow to track them? If someone was that crazy why even hack just go to city hall or in their cars label Police. Maybe they shouldn't mark any of their cars with that logic. Again I'm glad you're not on the Council.

Anonymous said...



Hello My People!!

If you went to the Citizen's Police Academy I bet you could ask these questions DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE OFFICERS THEMSELVES about GPS usage.

Just sayin!

Anonymous said...

I am reminded of the proud mother who exclaimed as the marching band paraded by her.

She said, Look at my little Johnnie! Why, everyone is out of step but him!

Police departments everywhere are using gps to track their vehicles.

I know someone who likes to say You've warned! will probably not agree. But it is time Raytown woke up to modern police practices.

Anonymous said...

Since all of you internet rock stars think you can do the job of the chief better than he can, why doesn't one of you step up and run for chief. I prefer to leave it to the people we pay to do the job, most of who were hired by this chief.

Anonymous said...

Again I say....they DO have GPS. I saw it tracking their cars real time in the dispatch center when I went to the citizens police academy. Is this discussion still going on? talk about misinformation....jeesh.

Do your own research folks. You may be surprised what you learn.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can put this GPS issue to rest as the Board of Alderman have spoken.

We now need to look back at the last 3 years as allowed by the IRS and adjust the W2s for those officers including the City Marshal to reflect the usage of those vehicles as allowed by the IRS and required by them too.

Anonymous said...

Those of you who think the gps are a city liability probably believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny too.

Anonymous said...

The Raytown Police have garnered many important awards for their forward thinking and their police practices. Here is another case of someone's shooting off their mouth without knowing what they are talking about.

Anonymous said...

And i will repeat again as well. The Board voted for gps to be used on ALL vehicles of the city. I agree the writers who go on about the system being hacked and police officers being tracked and attacked is so much nonsense. The real question is why have the police gone on record against using gps if they already have it. Those learned ones who have taken the course should be able to answer such a simple question. I read on this blog of the St. Louis p.d. putting it on all their cars. Yes, including the cars used by detectives and command staff. One of the best tools the police have against crime is communication. GPS will be a place to the arsenal they use against criminals.

Anonymous said...

Important awards, what have they solved and when that they can claim that they are so good??

Anonymous said...

It's really pretty simple.

The police do not want a record of every move they make while on duty or off.

What if there was a bad apple in the barrel and gets caught visiting his girlfriend in Sugar Creek? That casts a negative shadow on the whole department.

But the Aldermen have spoken. I hope it all works out for the best. It does seem like a bit of a snipe hunt though. I mean, do you trust these guys/gals? or not.

Personally, I would like to see tracking done on the fire dept vehicles. But the aldermen do not have a say on that.

And what about the Raytown school district vehicles? That's not up to he aldermen either.

Anonymous said...

Does not apply to police vehicles