Rockhill Gardens



Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside of a Tactical Squad armored vehicle? Or how crime scene investigators dust for fingerprints? Or what kind of firearms training officers go through? Or do you just want to know more about how the Kansas City Police Department works? Then you should sign up for the fall session of KCPD’s Citizens Police Academy.

This free, 10-week course starts Sept. 10th, 2009 and meets every Thursday evening for a few hours at our state-of-the-art police academy at 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road. Participants also take field trips to places like the Helicopter and Canine Units, Bomb and Arson Unit and the Kansas City Regional Crime Laboratory. Experienced police officers and instructors offer briefings, demonstrations, and engage in frank discussions about police operations with class participants. All participants also will go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.

Topics covered during the Citizens Police Academy include overviews of our department structure, information on police recruiting and training and hands-on workshops in various areas. Some of the areas explored include:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Bomb & Arson
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Firearms Training
  • Helicopter Unit
  • Homicide
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • K-9 Unit
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Police Dispatch - 911 Service
  • Tactical Response Teams
  • Vice Investigations

The Citizens Police Academy operates on the premise that informed, educated residents will be more supportive of police officers and promote safety in their communities. Admission to the program is open to anyone 18 or older who has a good standing in the community and is a resident of or works in the City of Kansas City, Mo. Each applicant must pass a thorough background investigation.

The class fills up quickly. You can download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it on the form.

For more information, contact officer John Trainor, 816o-349-6428,

The Kansas City Police Department has contracted with Public Engines, Inc. to provide us with an excellent way of tracking crime in Rockhill Gardens and all over Kansas City.

To generate a search, simply go to for the Kansas City area. You may view as large or small an area as you like, and you may control the date range and type of crime that is displayed.

To view Rockhill Gardens specifically, click here and select Rockhill Gardens from the pull down menu under Area.

The KCPD Metro Patrol also reports Rockhill Gardens crimes in a non-graphical and less up-to-date list. The entire list of recent crimes is available for browsing or searching.

As eager as the police are to help combat crime, they can only do so much, and they can only do it AFTER a crime has been committed. The burden is on us to do what we can to prevent crime. This means knowing who is in our neighborhood, telling neighbors when we are out of town, and taking initiative to report suspicious activity.

To that end, the RGNA has created an email listserv to permit neighbors to keep each other posted on neighborhood events. You can sign on to the listserv by sending an email here.

The Chief of Police of Kansas City, Missouri, Jim Corwin, has a blog page. The blog features Chief Corwin's thoughts on current issues facing the police department, photos, press releases, stories of officers' heroics and more. Blog readers get an inside scoop about what's going on at KCPD, and they can e-mail their comments to the Chief at

On May 28, 2009, bail was maintained at $100,000 cash for one of the two burglary suspects who had allegedly been victimizing the southwest corridor. More than 60 people packed the courtroom to argue against a reduction in the bail amount. The suspect's trial is currently scheduled for October 5 at the Jackson County courthouse.

Since the two suspects were arrested, property crimes in the area bounded by Wornall to State Line and  55th to 95th have decreased by 66%.

Please join the email listserv for the most timely updates on these cases.



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