Have you seen drug activity in your neighborhood? Report it to the Jackson County Drug Task Force.
The Grain Valley Police Department’s Crime Prevention Program involves a variety of programs. Currently, three (3) School Resource Officers handle most Crime Prevention projects. However, with the restructuring of the Police Department in 2015, more involvement and emphasis on Crime Prevention will involve patrol officers who are more directly involved in day-to-day community interaction. Following are some of the Crime Prevention projects and services available through the Grain Valley Police Department:
The Grain Valley Police Department will support, train and help to set up Neighborhood Watch Groups. Citizens are encouraged to call (816) 847-6266. Information, brochures and materials on how to set up these groups will be provided, and police officers will be available to speak with neighborhood groups to assist them in becoming an active organization. When groups are established, regular meetings of the membership should be established, and police personnel will assist in providing updated information on crime trends and crime prevention methods.
National Night Out Against Crime
This yearly national event began in 1983 by the National Association of Town Watch. National Night Out Against Crime brings together community residents and law enforcement nation-wide in order to promote police-community partnerships and learn the influence that individual contributions have on their community as a whole. Citizens send a message to criminals that they care and will step in when help is needed. It shows others the importance of getting involved in their community. The Grain Valley Police Department hosts this yearly, popular community event. A wide variety of law enforcement displays, vehicle, and demonstrations (along with lots of giveaways, children activities, free food and drink) make this a great family event. Watch for announcements on date/time each year.
711 Main Street
Grain Valley, MO 64029
Child Safety Seat Inspections
The Grain Valley Police Department has a trained child safety seat inspector, who will inspect child safety seats to determine they are correctly installed. These inspections must be scheduled in advance. Call (816) 847-6250 to contact Sgt. Shannon Larkin for scheduling an inspection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents are a major contributor to the number of child deaths. Note the following facts from the CDC Website:
Buckling children in age- and size- appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries
- Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone
- For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half. In the United States during 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and more than 148,000 were injured
- Of the children who died in a crash in 2011, 33% were not buckled up
Police Explorer Program
Law Enforcement Explorer posts help young adults learn hands-on about careers in the field of law enforcement. Many older teens have shown interest in the Grain Valley Explorer Post #2105 and have applied to join. Active members range in age from 15 to 18 years of age. The Explorers help at various events with security, crowd and traffic control. Explorers assist at high school games and parades, and various Grain Valley community events. For more information about the Grain Valley Police Explorer Program, contact Officer Darin Chance.
Grain Valley Citizen Police Academy
The Citizens Academy educates and informs interested citizens, and allows them to walk in the footsteps of a police officer on a daily basis. Participants attend classes (1 night a week for 12 weeks) on law, police procedures, crime scene investigations, drug identification, SWAT team, bomb squad, street gang recognition, and firearms simulator training. During the 12 week academy, students are also given the opportunity to do ride-alongs with patrol officers and experience the real world of police work. For information (or to pre-register) for the next Citizens Academy, call (816) 847-6250.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIP)
Citizens who successfully complete the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to apply to be members of the VIPS. VIPS groups are active with law enforcement agencies in hundreds of communities nationwide. Members volunteer their time and skills for a variety of projects and assignments within the agency they work with. The Grain Valley VIPS team includes citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds including retirees, school administrators, parents, working professionals and more. They are a valuable part of the police department and among their assignments are:
- Police Clerical Assistance
- Crime Scene searches
- Community Relations
- Traffic/Parking Control at Events
- Search teams for lost children/adults
- Community Fair, Parades, Events
- School events
The Residential Inventory & Security Education Handbook (R.I.S.E.) is a resource provided to citizens with tips regarding how best to keep their homes secure. It is a comprehensive overview of tips and tactics that residents can use to help ensure their homes are secure, as well as information on how to compile and inventory list of valuable belongings. You may obtain a copy of the R.I.S.E. handbook at the front desk of the Police Department or by clicking on the following R.I.S.E. link and printing the handbook: