Community Outreach Progams
National Night Out Against Crime
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.
The Grain Valley Police Department hosts this yearly, popular community event. A wide variety of law enforcement displays, vehicles, and demonstrations (along with lots of giveaways, children activities, free food, and drink) make this a great family event.
Grain Valley Citizen Police Academy
The Citizens Academy educates and informs interested citizens, allowing them to walk in the footsteps of a police officer. Participants attend classes (1 night a week for 10 weeks) on law, police procedures, crime scene investigations, drug identification, SWAT team, bomb squad, street gang recognition, and firearms simulator training.
During the 10 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. You can also stay up to date by following the Grain Valley Police Department's Facebook page. The Citizens Academy application can be found here.
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.) provides citizens with a comprehensive overview of tips and tactics to help ensure their homes are secure, as well as information on how to compile an inventory list of valuable belongings.
Request a COP
The purpose of the Request a COP Program is to promote a healthy interactive relationship between the Grain Valley Police Department and the citizens and business members of Grain Valley.
The Grain Valley Police Department will arrange for a uniformed police officer to visit your neighborhood event, get-together, meeting, block party, birthday party, or school function to mingle and interact with those in attendance. In some cases, an officer may be able to arrange for specific pieces of specialized equipment to be demonstrated or a visit from our K9 Officer Axel in conjunction with the community event.
The Request A COP Form must be submitted to the police department at least 15 days prior to the event. To arrange for a police officer to attend your event, contact the Grain Valley Police Department during business hours or complete the Request a COP Form and turn it in to the police department.
Note: Police attendance will be kept to 30 minutes in duration and may be subject to last-minute cancellation in the event of a police matter, in which the officer must be present. Restrictions include (but are not limited to): the event must not be designed for profit unless to raise funds for a non-profit organization. Officers are not available to attend events in which alcohol is being served.
Community Security Camera Program
Security Cameras are one of the best methods for detecting, identifying, and apprehending criminals. This program operates with the registered partners who would be contacted by the Grain Valley Police Department if an incident is reported or occurs in the vicinity of a registered camera system. This program is solely intended to promote a safe and healthy environment for the citizens of Grain Valley, and to assist the Grain Valley Police Department in reducing criminal activity, and to aid in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.
Speed Enforcement Program
The GVPD is placing digital radar indicators in two neighborhoods in order to track speeds of cars in areas in which they receive reports of high-speed activity from citizens and where officers are often issuing speeding citations. The digital signs will be moved approximately every two weeks to new locations.
The purpose of this program is to curb speeding, especially in residential areas of the community. Average speeds will be reported via the Grain Valley Police Department’s Twitter and Facebook pages at the end of each two week duration. Complete reports are available by completing a records request form.
Kids at Home Safety Reminders
School Resource Officers Iiams, Dunnell, and Thompson encourage parents to regularly review with their children these safety tips if they are left home alone on a regular basis.
Retro Bill is a spokesperson for D.A.R.E. and has several fun videos available with important safety tips.
Crime Prevention Tips: Theft of and Theft from Vehicles
Part of avoiding vehicle theft involves simply establishing new habits or rules for yourself.
Rule number 1:
Lock Your Car!
Check out this list from Captain Scott Hedger of other tips that can help you avoid vehicle theft and theft of items inside your vehicle:
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