Friday, August 5, 2011

Police Chief Chat

Drug Watch: On August 4, 2011, the South Central Drug Task Force, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Rolla Police Department Street Crimes Unit concluded a short term narcotics investigation in the 100 block of South Oak Street in Rolla, Missouri. Officers executed a search warrant at a residence and seized a quantity of high grade marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The following people were arrested in connection with the items seized and incarcerated at the Phelps County Jail: They are John C. Brewer II age 21 of Rolla, arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Melinda S. Crisel age 20 of Rolla, arrested for possession of marijuana. The charges for which Brewer and Crisel were arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This past week, the Rolla Police Department handled 909 calls for service. Of these calls there were: 34 arrests, 28 alarm calls, 26 traffic crashes, 54 traffic complaints, 16 check the well being requests, 89 traffic stops, 24 disturbance calls (including domestics), 15 suspicious nature complaints, 27 assists of other agency requests, 4 narcotics violations, 53 security checks, 25 security and funeral escorts and 38 follow up investigations. This call total is up 223 calls from last week and yes as you can see, another busy week!

On Thursday, Senior Patrol Officer Ben Tinsley initiated a traffic stop on I-44 assisted by Street Crimes Officer Josh Campbell and K-9 Ziggy. Ziggy was deployed to check the vehicle for illegal drugs and paraphernalia. The consequential search resulted in the seizure of $35,000 in cash discovered hidden in various locations throughout the vehicle. The search also lead to the discovery of $12,000.00 in diamonds that was concealed in clothing in the vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by illegal aliens from Ukraine. No proof of ownership could be provided. This case was turned over to Immigration Customs Enforcement.

The Rolla Police Department and Advanced Management Techniques is proud to announce a Crime Free Multi-Housing Seminar to be held Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Centre at 1200 N. Holloway. This is a FREE seminar for rental property owners, managers, attorneys and security companies. This course is Phase I of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program and is presented by the Rolla Police Department.

The program’s concept takes a multi-faceted approach to crime prevention. This course entails cooperation between law enforcement, property managers and residents. The Crime Free Program is a 3-Phase program that addresses all of the opportunities of crime in rental properties. The program has been in existence since 1992 and is being used in over 2200 cities in the USA, Canada and now Australia!

The Crime Free programs have shown up to 90% reduction in crime on properties, with the average being 40-55% reduction. Participating properties also have shown decreased operating costs, lower resident turn-over, and reduced exposure to premise liability lawsuits.

This course is Free to anyone associated with rental property. We will cover the following topics: Crime Prevention, Screening, Rental Agreements, State Law, Premise Liability Issues, Drug Recognition, Evictions and the Role of Law Enforcement. Join us and learn how to reduce crime, increase profits and upgrade your community. For more information contact the Rolla Police Department Housing Officer Brad Lewis at 308-1213.

• The Rolla Animal Shelter had an unannounced visit today Ms. Barbara Gray Schmitz, Missouri State Director of the Humane Society of the United States. She was in the area and wanted to stop by and tour our facility and see how we operate. The HSUS is basically an advocate to all of the animal shelters and animal control facilities throughout the United States. They rally for programs such as spay/...neuter clinics, disaster programs, vaccination clinics, animal education programs, and a multitude of other shelter and animal related programs. They also assist in any legal issues associated with animal control and animal shelters.

Ms. Schmitz truly admired our facility and commented on our professionalism and cleanliness. She stated that she was very impressed with our continued high adoption rates and our educational programs as well as our diligence in advertising our adoptable animals. The overall tour and visit went very well and Ms. Schmitz said that we were a very professional facility with outstanding employees and we make an exceptional shelter team. Animal Shelter Supervisor John Redshaw conducted the tour and stated the following: “we are only a small part which makes up the overall great team called the Rolla Police Department and we are all very proud and honored to be a part of the Rolla Police Department”.

Great job to our Rolla Animal Shelter team!!

Have a great week!

Chief Mark Kearse

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