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Summer is the busiest time of the year for travel, as more people are getting outside, taking vacations, or traveling to outdoor events. The Parsons Police Department wants to remind you to use extra caution behind the wheel this summer, looking out for other motorists and pedestrians.

The following are good reminders as you prepare to travel this summer and into the new school season:


  • Buckle your safety belt- it is the best way to stay safe in a vehicle.


  • Do not drink and drive- even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment.


  • Put down the cell phone- distracted driving is dangerous, see more at


  • Be prepared- take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you are stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays.


  • Turn down the music- hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene.


  • Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel- eating and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble.


  • Be courteous- because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you are bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - do not let other drivers ruin your holiday.


You ever notice that small select group of naysayers, the complainer and detractor - it is easy to point at what we need as a community, what deficiencies we see or what everyone else SHOULD be doing.

Residents with community pride are more likely to speak positively about our town to others and to volunteer with organizations and activities that support the common good.

After two years of COVID, isn't it time to look for the positive side of Parsons? The potential for the future. We do that every year with our kids, helping to nurture them, to grow in school and to become better than ourselves.

As the 37th largest city in Kansas, Parsons is a retail trade center. Parsons offers:

  •     Excellent health care with a Level 3 Trauma Center and Life Flight.
  •     Labette Community College.
  •     Rich local history and outstanding Parsons Historical Museum.
  •     Excellent K-12 schools.
  •     Lowest crime rate for substantive cities in the SEK region.
  •     Excellent professional fire department and EMS!
  •     Affordable housing.
  •     Outstanding city parks that cover 300 acres. The maintains 16 parks, the largest is Forest Park a 15-acre park near Labette Community College. The Parsons Arboretum is a 19-acre outdoor laboratory and visitor's center. The 8-acre Glenwood Park abuts the Arboretum.

This already puts us ahead of many other communities across the state. Can we do better? Can you do better? Of course, if you want a better community its up to YOU, not someone else to do the heavy lifting.

Here are some ideas to push the positive forward in Parsons:

Do an informal needs assessment. A need is a gap in the community between how things are and how they should be. Talk with your neighbors, discuss needs at church, converse about it at a fraternal or civic club meeting.

Create a project. City Hall cannot fund all of the needs and wants of Parsons, sometimes it requires your neighborhood, community organizations or volunteerism to get things done.

Implement change. Yes, partner with City Hall, the police, fire department or parks. Have your group, neighborhood or club put together a plan of action that the City can partner with you.

Celebrate your achievements! Each project is a step forward for the Parsons community. One step at a time will build a road of success for our community.

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Chief Spinks

 Chief Robert Spinks MA, MS