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2021 - We are looking forward to a great Summer!

 

Parsons continues to push forward with new businesses. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Parsons was one of only a handful of locations in Kansas that continued to see growing retail sales. We have a community that has great schools, a rich history, and a vibrant future for those with a positive mindset to make Parsons Great.

Your police department has continued to make improvements in targeting serious criminals, while also not losing sight of quality of life issues that includes animal problems and misdemeanors. Our recently published 2020 Annual Report is chalked full of successes across the policing spectrum.

This past year was a challenging time. COVID-19 hit our agency hard with each of the three spikes in the virus. But our staff continued to push forward in meeting the needs of our community. I want to thank the community for your outpouring of support that came to the Department and my staff on many levels.

Recruiting new employees has been a struggle, not just for our agency but for the law enforcement professional across the United States. Trying to recruit that special individual who has empathy, is mission driven and who is a problem-solver is a challenge. Making sure that we place emphasis on our staff having a Guardian attitude is critically important to us all. Check out our employment tab here on our web site.

We will soon see a recruit join our ranks. K-9 'Karim' is a 20-month-old Belgium Malinois who is a specialist in Drug Detection and Tracking. You can get to know 'Karim' now but clicking on the new K-9 Tab here on the web site. 'Karim' was purchased through generous community donations.

In 2021, the Parsons Police will be looking for partnerships and new opportunities to address Parsons' 3 most significant policing challenges:

  1. Domestic Violence (our number 1 felony and misdemeanor community threat).
  2. Drugs and a focus on illegal manufacture, transportation, and sales.
  3. Mental illness and people in-crisis. Kansas has failed to provide sufficient in-patient resources and medical resources to address addiction and mental health needs.

These challenges cannot be fixed merely by policing. These issues have deep roots that will require community involvement and the help of our faith-based partners.

The faith-based community has long been an important part of every community's safety net. Caring, outreach and working for the betterment of their fellow man are important crime prevention tactics that have huge positive impact from our faith-based partners.

In a time of national frustration and change our country needs the active involvement of citizens to make our communities safe.

2021 will be a challenging year, but with your help and involvement we will continue to see our community blossom.

You can follow us on Twitter @ParsonsPolice and also on:

www.NextDoor.com

Thank you for your continued help and support.

Chief Spinks

 Chief Robert Spinks MA, MS