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PRESS RELEASE
Animal Control Gets a Facelift

Date: May 8, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     In December 2018 Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks began to evaluate animal control in the City of Parsons. After seeing the process and conditions of equipment used to capture animals at large, the police department ordered a new slide-in animal control unit for the animal control truck, to better perform duties and keep the animals safe in the process.

     Research and comparison of ACO vehicles and boxes was completed to find the best possible animal box for the city to implement. There were certain criteria that needed to be met. The storage areas had to have the capability to handle large dogs it had to have a separate small area for small animals such as cats and small dogs. It needed to have interior lights and the ability to store equipment. It was also a necessity for the box to have ventilation to keep pets and animals cool when it is hot.

     The decision was made to purchase a slide in unit from Jones Trailer out of Woodson, Texas. The unit was delivered by the manufacturer to ensure safe delivery and give instructions on installation.

     The new box unit was installed in the current Animal Control pickup and has all the features that were sought. There are two LED work lamps on the back of the unit to assist in picking up and loading animals in the dark as well as having interior lighting to keep officers and animals safe when taking them out of the transport unit.

     It also has an interior ventilation fan to keep temperatures reasonable in the summer to keep our communities’ pets safe. It is our mission to help lost and scared animals find their owners. We want to keep all the citizens in Parsons safe, and scared animals can sometimes act aggressively and out of character when approached. Spinks says, “we need to be good guardians to our pets and take care that the are healthy and loved. This improvement to our animal control efforts is just one more step forward for the police department and our community.”

     If you see a lost or stray animal and know where it belongs, please contact the owner first. Then contact the Police Department at 421-7060 please inform the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer where the animal belongs if known.

     Accountability for our pets is a must’ as good studious pet owners and stewards. Animal Control would like to remind everyone not to approach any animal that appears hurt or aggressive. Injured animals are more likely to bite to defend themselves.
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PRESS RELEASE
INFORMATION WANTED

Date: May 7, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     The Parsons Police Department has been handing out wanted posters. This is a part of a new initiative to gather information leading to a successful arrest in major crimes for our city. 

     Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks says, “we are going to use all available legal means necessary to bring suspects to justice in our city. You commit a heinous crime or act you will be tracked down and arrested.” 
 
     Chief Spinks and his officers will be the tip of the sword in removing crime from Parsons. He calls on the citizens of Parsons to help in the best way possible ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’. This is not just a motto it is a way for citizens to help law enforcement clean up the city and bring those that put our children and innocents at risk to justice.

     “See It, Hear It, Report It”, “Rat on a Rat” is all the same principal for police. With only having 3 to 5 officers covering approximately 10 square miles of jurisdiction it is impossible for officers to have eyes everywhere. Therefore, we call upon the citizens of Parsons to let us know when they see odd behavior or suspicious circumstances. Approximately 9,000 pairs of eyes have significantly higher odds of catching bad guys doing bad things rather than just the few pairs of Law Enforcement eyes. Policing is a partnership & joint community responsibility.

     Please take a minute and review this Wanted Poster and let us know if you have heard anything or seen anything. Remember that even if the wheels of justice turn slowly, they won’t turn at all unless there is good information to act on.

     This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.
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PRESS RELEASE
Multiple Shots Fired in Parsons

Date: May 2, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     May 2, 2019 at approximately 1655 hours Parsons Police were called to 28th and Clark for a report of a shooting with vehicles involved.
    
     Parsons officers arrived at the scene and were informed that a white Cadillac Escalade was involved with another vehicle that may have been a white Dodge Durango or White Chevy Blazer. Officers located the White Escalade a few blocks from the scene with multiple bullet holes in it. The vehicle was found unoccupied. It was impounded as evidence as a part of the ongoing investigation.

     Two residences in the immediate area were found with what appeared to be bullet holes in them. No injuries were reported from occupants of the homes. Parsons Police and Labette County Sheriff Deputies searched area of the incident and were able to locate multiple shell casings in the street. Witnesses were only able to tell officers that there were two white vehicles involved and possibly a black female driver of the Durango or Blazer. It is uncertain of the motive for the shooting, but it appears not to be a random act of violence as the gunshots were fire at a specific vehicle.

     “This is the exact situation that every city in America faces. There will always be a percentage of the population that puts innocent people in danger,” said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “Citizens should be outraged at this type of crime in our city. While violent crime dropped in Parsons in 2018, citizens have to take an active part in crime prevention, neighborhood awareness and reporting all suspicious activity 24 hours-a-day. We will also continue to pursue these criminals and bring them before our Judges for justice,” finished Spinks.

     The Parsons Police Department would like to clarify other reported shootings that have occurred this week. On May 1st there was a report of shots fire in the Winway Addition that was found to be a land owner shooting on his property safely outside of the city. On May 2nd there was a report of shots fired in the area of 14th and Chess that was confirmed to be fireworks, the resident was given a warning and advised of the city’s firework ordinance. Then later in the evening there was another report of shots fired that was determined to be an accidental discharge where a city resident shot themselves in the hand.

     Chief Spinks also wants to encourage anyone with information to ‘Rat on a Rat’, because only rats ruin the areas that they live in, and purposely spread disease to the innocent. There is no doubt that both of the shootings in Parsons have a drug related nexus and must be stopped.

     This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.
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PRESS RELEASE
Local Man Shot

Date: May 1, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     On April 30, 2019 at approximately 10:48 PM Parsons Police Officers were dispatched to the Emergency Room at Labette Health for a reported gunshot victim.

     Responding Officers arrived and identified the victim a as 37-year-old, white male, who is a Parsons resident. The victim’s identity is being withheld due to the on-going investigation. According to responding officers, the victim was suffering from a gunshot and had been battered near 26th and Crawford in Parsons. The victim was then transported by an unknown person(s) to Labette Health ER and dropped off. Officers stated that the victim was not fully cooperative and the circumstance surrounding the shooting is still unknown.

      "The only lead we are tracking is that the suspects were in a white midsized passenger car,” Parsons Police Sergeant Jason Ludwig claims. “We hope to gain more information from the victim for our detectives to solve this crime,” Ludwig continued.

     According to Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks, “this is the type of scenario we are working to avoid with the development of the Kansas Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (K-CAT). We will use every available resource to stomp out this criminal activity that plagues our city.”

     This continues to be an on-going investigation and citizens are encouraged to “See It, Hear It, Report It.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.
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PRESS RELEASE
Annual Report Crime in 2018

Date: April 8, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     “The 2018 Annual Report has been a real eye opener for members of the Parsons Police Department,” claimed Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. “This report gives so much more than just the raw numbers in crime. It also gives the department an opportunity to learn where more improvements can be made and where our focus needs to be directed,” Spinks continued.

     2018 showed a significant drop in violent crimes. Assaults and Rapes are down from 2017. Property crimes are down as well. Thefts were at a four year low with only 336 reported compared to 2017’s high of 591. Burglaries are also down from 2017 at 124 for 2018 from 161. Vehicle Thefts are down while Robberies are maintaining at 6 for 2017 and 2018. This decline can be attributed to officers being in the public and being seen along with our arrest data. We are maintaining fairly consist numbers for total arrest in 2018. The last three years total arrest numbers have been over 500. At 595 in 2018 that is the highest in the past 3 years but still significantly lower than the 2014 high of 842 arrest.

     These statistics along with our economic development program will continue to make Parsons a more livable community. A cities livability scale goes up as crime goes down and development continues. This means that Parsons is on the rise, and that is our goal for our community. With the communities support the Parsons Police Department will continue to provide the resources and time to make our city enjoyable to visit and safe to live in.

     Chief Spinks says “our tagline ‘See It, Hear It, Report It’ will continue to be our calling card at the Parsons Police Department, and we intend to live by it. If you see a crime or hear about one, please give a call and let us provide the type of assistance you have come to expect from your police department.”

      This information and more can be found on the Parsons Police Department website www.parsonspd.com under the Annual Report.
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PRESS RELEASE
Annual Report

Date: April 8, 2019
Contact: Sergeant Jason Ludwig
Phone: (620) 421-7060
Email: jludwig@parsonspd.com

     This will be the first year of a public Annual Report for the Parsons Police Department. The Parsons Police Department personnel started gathering information for the report January 1st of this year. The information gathered in this report has been an eye-opening experience for everyone involved and will be instrumental in showing the public what their police department does for the community.

     “This is just the beginning for the police department in 2019”, according to Police Chief Robert Spinks. “I think the public will be pleasantly surprised with what the report shows,” continued Spinks. Parsons Police Sergeant Jason Ludwig headed up the report and worked with division heads to gather information and assemble the needed information. “It was a long process, but the result was worth the hours put into it. If we can show the community what we respond to and the volume of the calls for service, then I think it will only strengthen police relations with the public. We were also able to show trends for the last few years to give everyone and idea of how their department is performing over an extended period,” said Ludwig. “The numbers gathered was by Dispatcher Marshall Sills. He is the real hero behind the keyboard for this project. Everything I asked from him he was able to dig into and provide the needed information,” continued Ludwig.

     The Annual Police Report shows a reduction in serious crime reported in Parsons during 2018. In all but one category of FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) reportable crime is down from 2017. Domestic Violence showed a slight increase from 2017, but is down from the high in 2015. In comparison to surrounding communities Parsons does not lead in total crime. This provides a higher ‘livability’ than some of the surrounding cities. Parsons is second in population of the recorded cities, but only 3rd in total crime rate. In the Core Crime Statistics, the department has shown a decrease in almost all categories.

     These statistics are covered in detail on pages 10-15 of the Annual Report. Chief Robert Spinks says, “transparency of our Department is paramount to the success of our city.” This report can be found on the Parsons Police Departments website www.parsonspd.com
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Vehicle Prowler Turns into Pursuit

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Gun Shots Lead to Arrest

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Police Make Arrest in Rape

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Safe Enforcement

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Saturation Patrol

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Search Warrant leads to Guns and Drugs

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Aggravated Assault On Main

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Domestic Battery Turns to Battery On Officer

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Vehicle Pursuit In Parsons

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Juvenile Stabbing

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Dogs at Large

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Traffic Stop Leads to Cocaine and Cash

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See It, Hear It, Report It Leads to Arrest

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Aggravated Assault Leads to Gun Seizure

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Aggravated Battery

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Traffic Stop Leads to Bust

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Police Seek Leads On Cemetery Vandal

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Duke Mason

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Drive by Shooting at Local Apartment

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Thanksgiving Safe Arrival

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Main Street Christmas

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Chase Leads to Drug Seizure

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Unattended Death

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Seatbelt Enforcement

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Federal Parolee Arrested

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