Police Department

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Our Mission

The mission of the Raytown Police Dept. is to provide and maintain, given our limited resources, a feeling of security and safety among all persons within our community by displaying, without bias, respectful, progressive and dedicated service.

The Raytown Police Department, under the guidance of Chief Jim Lynch,is responsible for the safety and well-being of over thirty thousand residents within a ten and one-half mile area.

The department’s current authorized strength is 58 full time commissioned officers, 22 civilian employees and 7 part-time employees.

The Department is organized into two separate Bureaus, the Operations Bureau and the Administrative Bureau each commanded by a Major that report to the Chief of Police. The Operations Bureau is responsible for the prevention, reporting, and investigation of crime within the City.  The Operations Bureau consists of the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, and the Community Services Unit.

RPD Color GuardThe Uniform Patrol Division is the largest division within the Police Department consisting of the Division Captain, 4 Patrol Sergeants, one Traffic Sergeant, 4 Patrol Corporals, and 29 Patrol Officers.  Uniform Patrol Officers patrol all areas within the city limits, answer calls for service, conduct traffic enforcement and crash investigations, conduct field investigations and assist other emergency service providers when needed.

The Criminal Investigations Division consists of the Division Captain, two Investigations Sergeants, seven Detectives, two Special Enforcement Unit Investigators, and the civilian Crime Analyst.  The Criminal Investigations Division conducts follow-up investigations on crimes ranging from City ordinance violations to Federal Felonies, often working in partnership with other State, Local and Federal agencies.

The Community Services Unit is coordinated by a part-time civilian employee who manages the Department’s community programs, such as the H.E.A.R. program, Safe Return, the Neighborhood Watch program, Elderly Assistance programs, Crime Free Multi-housing, and Crime Prevention Programs, as well as the Department’s Reserve and part-time program.  The Community Services Unit has been integral in establishing a Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program allowing citizens to volunteer and receive exposure to police work.  The Drug Take Back program, National Night Out Against Crime, and the Civilian Police Academy programs have been revitalized by the Community Services Unit with two successful and popular Civilian Police Academies being conducted each year.

The Administrative Bureau contains the Administrative Services Division and the Planning and Research Division, each of which is commanded by a Division Captain.

The Administrative Services Division manages Jail operations which consist of a full time civilian detention staff consisting of a supervisor and seven Detention Technicians, as well as The Property and Supply Unit with one civilian technician, and the Records Unit with one Administrative Assistant and one Records Clerk that maintains all pertinent records associated with the Police Department.  The Administrative Services Division Commander is also responsible for Fleet Maintenance.

The Planning and Research Division manages the Department’s Communications Unit consisting of one civilian supervisor and eight Communications Technicians, the Professional Standards Unit consisting of one Sergeant and one Detective, as well as management of the Departments IT services and budget preparation and management.  The full time communications staff mans the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for Raytown handling 911, radio and communications needs for the Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, and other City services.

The Raytown Police Department embraces a philosophy of Community Policing as an enhancement to traditional methods of law enforcement. Community Policing in Raytown has evolved into a comprehensive program made up of problem solvers from various city  departments, all working together with Raytown’s businesses and residents to address the challenges facing this city. Community Policing in Raytown is an integral part of law enforcement operations in the city. City departments, notably, Administration, Development and Public Affairs, Public Works and Emergency Medical Services all work closely with the Police Department to address issues of concern to residents. Alliances with community groups, social service agencies, and various businesses have laid the foundation for a relationship built on trust, understanding and cooperation.

Community Policing in Raytown is a comprehensive philosophy implemented at the command staff level in cooperation with city management; administered by mid-management police supervisors tasked with team-building and resource support; and applied by all employees, sworn and civilian alike. Although Community Policing in Raytown is primarily a Patrol Division function, its policies and coordination are integrated throughout the entire department. Community Policing in Raytown was designed and implemented with the express purpose of ensuring public safety; stimulating  community involvement and organization; and establishing positive and lasting police/community relations while resolving social conflict.  The Police Department and City Staff, together with the citizens and businesses of Raytown, are dedicated to make our city a place where all can live, work and visit safely.


H.E.A.R provides assistance to persons registered during times of weather emergencies (extreme temperatures or storms in summer and winter).  This service is free to Raytown residents who qualify as handicapped, elderly and frail, or relying on a health device powered by electricity.  During times of weather emergencies, as duties permit, the Raytown Police will respond to your residence to offer assistance.


The Raytown Police and the Raytown branch of the U.S. Postal Service have joined in a cooperative effort to offer Raytown residents the Carrier Alert program. Designed primarily for the elderly and handicapped who live alone, Carrier Alert is available free of charge to area residents who live alone in Raytown.

Carrier Alert can offer the peace of mind that someone who visits your home regularly, your letter carrier, will call for help if it appears you need it. To participate in this program, residents that qualify are asked to complete an application, this form is kept on file by the Raytown Police Department. As a registered Carrier Alert member, a bright pink sticker will be affixed on the inside of your mailbox. If you letter carrier sees that there are two days of uncollected mail in your mailbox, or any other signs that might suggest you’re in distress, the letter carrier will contact the Raytown Police department. A police officer will then investigate, and if necessary, contact the proper medical emergency personnel and the contacts listed on the registration form. For more information, call Community Services Coordinator at (816) 737- 6018.


The Raytown Police, Alzheimer’s Association and Project Lifesaver International have joined in a cooperative effort to offer metropolitan residents a program to locate missing persons suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia-type disorders or mental dysfunction disorders.  A Project Lifesaver registrant wears a transmitter that is about the same size as a watch that can be worn anywhere on the body.  This allows them to be electronically traced if they wander away.


The Raytown Police with the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return have provided a program that gives assistance to Raytown residents that have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and have a tendency to wander or become lost.

A Safe Return registrant will wear an engraved identification bracelet, necklace, or iron-on clothing labels.  The identification worn will provide a number to Safe Return to assist them in locating a next-of-kin for when they are missing and or found.


The Police Department Ride-Along Program is one of the public programs offered by the Raytown Police Department.  This program enables the general public to observe firsthand what officers encounter during a normal tour of duty.

To qualify for the program, the ride-along applicant must be at least 18 years of age  or have the written approval of their legal guardian if 14 to 17 years of age.  No one under 14 years of age will be allowed to participate in the program.  The applicant must complete a Ride-Along Application and must sign an Indemnification and Release Agreement at least two weeks before the scheduled ride-along.  A records check will be completed on the applicant.  A record of criminal arrests or convictions will disqualify the applicant from participating in the program.

Once the application has been processed, the applicant will be scheduled by the Patrol Commander for the ride-along.  During the ride-along, the applicant must wear acceptable business or casual attire.  Applicants may ride part of a shift or the entire shift with the approval of the on-duty Watch Commander.  The applicant will be limited to two (2) ride-alongs per year.  The ride-along may be terminated at any time if the applicant does not follow instructions given by the officer or interferes with police activities.

The Police Department encourages its citizens to participate in this program to enable them to get a better feel for the services provided to the community.

Public Crime Map

The Raytown Police provide the public with a completely free, always up to date crime map at www.raidsonline.com. The map, powered by Bair Analytics, documents all incident reports taken within the city limits of Raytown and helps the public get a better idea of crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. Citizens can also sign up for email alerts to be automatically notified about recent crime activity for any address in Raytown. The map also improves communication between the Police Department and the community by providing a means for citizens to submit anonymous tips about specific incidents.


The Raytown Citizens Crime Watch organization is comprised of dedicated volunteers, who take pride in their community and dedicate both time and talent to deter crime by serving as “extra eyes and ears for the police department.” The Raytown Citizen Crime Watch organization is working to maintain crime at a low level- keeping Raytown a desirable community in which to live. Watch for the Crime Watch signs on the sides of our vehicles in your neighborhood.

If you are interested in becoming an involved citizen and you have a few hours to spare please contact Crime Watch at 358-1442 for more information.


CERTCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Citizen’s police academy

The Raytown Citizen’s Police Academy is a great way for citizens to learn about the inner workings of the department. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a ride-along with a police officer and will learn about multiple topics including Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Neighborhood Crime Watch, narcotics, SWAT, crime analysis, patrol operations, and a tour of headquarters. Registrants must be 18+ or a senior in high school and prospective participants must complete a background check before confirming enrollment. The program is always free to join and is typically held twice a year.