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Message from the Chief

Fall is in the Air - Message from the Chief

Please be alert and drive safely as schools are reopening and Labette Community College (LCC) is in session. We also have road projects in process downtown and in neighborhoods, so give our hard-working city, state, and contract street workers 'a Brake' as your drive.

You may have read (or you can click on our press release tab here on our web site), that the recently published Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Uniform Crime Report (UCR) confirmed that violent crime in Parsons DROPPED. Our overall crime rate for the City remained almost constant in 2019 over 2018 rates. This again makes Parsons one of the safest cities in SE Kansas, with a crime rate lower than Independence, Pittsburg, and others.

The 'good ol'days' of low crime actually are not in the past. Crime in Parsons is almost half of what it was 10 years ago.

Reducing crime in town is a team effort. See It! Hear It! Report It! Is working in town with citizens being alert and reporting suspicious activity. By far the biggest challenge in reducing violent crime centers on the high number of felony aggravated assault/battery incidents that are domestic in nature. Reducing domestic violence requires family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to be alert for signs of abuse and assault. Unfortunately, intervention by the police may be the only way to break the cycle of violence.

You can also provide crime tips on-line through our web site at:

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact our country, state, and local area. The City has a mandatory facial covering ordinance. You can click on the 'COVID-19' button on the landing page of the police web site to learn about the ordinance, get additional information on safety and the virus or print and fill-out a complaint form for ordinance violations.

The police department has been engaged in conducting business inspections to ensure they are in compliance with the ordinance, posting of visible signage at public entrances and business employees wearing facial coverings. To date we have seen a 90% compliance rate.

The Parsons Police Department hopes everyone has a great, safe & healthy Fall!

Robert Spinks, MA, MS
Chief of Police

Chief Robwet Spinks