Police Department

10000 E. 59th St.


The mission of the Raytown Police Department is to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity.



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.

Department Organization

In late 2017, the department underwent a significant reduction of staffing and reorganization. The department’s current authorized strength is 39 full time commissioned officers and 11 civilian employees.

The Department is organized into three Divisions, the Uniform Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, and the Administrative Division. Each division is commanded by a Captain, who reports to a Major.

The Uniform Patrol Division is the largest division within the Police Department consisting of two Division Captains, 4 Patrol Sergeants, 4 Patrol Corporals, and 17 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 Patrol Division Commanders are also responsible for Fleet Maintenance.

The Investigations Division consists of the Division Captain, two Investigations Sergeants, six Detectives, and a civilian Crime Analyst. The 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. This division also conducts recruiting/hiring efforts.

The Administrative Division consists of the Division Captain, a civilian Property and Supply Unit technician, and the Records Unit, with two Records Clerks that maintain all pertinent records associated with the Police Department. The Administrative Division manages the Department’s Communications Unit, which consists of one civilian supervisor and six Communications Technicians. This division also includes management of the Department’s 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.

Community-Police Partnerships

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. 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.

Community Programs & Resources

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

The VIPS program utilizes a volunteer work force to strengthen community relations and help build strong partnerships, allowing police personnel to stay more focused on the police work rather than other time-consuming projects that can be completed by volunteers.

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 once a year.

H.E.A.R.-Health Emergency Assistance Response

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 registered persons’ residences to offer assistance.

Postal Carrier Alert Program

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 and that 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 your 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.

Project Life Saver

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.

Safe Return

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.

Ride-Along Program

The Police Department Ride-Along 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.

Public Crime Map

The Raytown Police provide the public with a completely free, always up to date, crime map at https://communitycrimemap.com/. The map, powered by LexisNexis, 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.


Connect with us online!

View our Website and Annual Report-http://www.raytownpolice.org/