Eudora Police Department

  • Agency: Eudora Police Department
  • Address: 930 Main St., Eudora, 66025 KS
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Phone: (785) 542-2153
Fax: (785) 542-2804

Eudora Police Department is located at 930 Main St., Eudora, 66025 KS. The Eudora Police Department phone number is (785) 542-2153.

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Future Eudora Police Officer. Thanks for stopping by Camden.

In 2016, 44 children ages 0-19 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, almost half of those children were not wearing their seat belts. Starting on Halloween, October 30 through November 3, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than 20 years, officers have educated and warned drivers and passengers regarding the importance of using seatbelts. According to the 2017 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seatbelt. If the driver is buckled, about 98% of the children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 29% of the observed children were buckled. Please slow down, especially near schools, eliminate the distractions, and always buckle up.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Please come by the Police Station for free Gun Locks. For more information on this subject please visit http://www.projectchildsafe.org/

The Eudora Police Department is seeking assistance from the citizens of Eudora. An Auto Burglary occurred yesterday at approximately 1pm near 10th and Ash. The vehicle involved appears to be a 2013 or newer bright red Dodge Durango. The suspect is also pictured in a bright blue sweatshirt. If you have any information or recognize the vehicle or suspect, please notify the Eudora Police Department immediately.

Police Officer, Eudora Police Department The City of Eudora, Kansas seeks responsible applicants for a full time Police Officer(s). Those selected to fill open positions will be enforcing local, state, and federal laws, as well as investigating crimes, enforcing traffic regulations, investigating traffic accidents, assisting the public, and serving in a department with strong beliefs in community policing. State certified officers are preferred, but when applicants are not certified, full training will be provided, when selected. All uniforms and equipment are furnished. Starting salary is $18.50/hr if certified or $17.50/hr if not. This is a full time position with an excellent benefit package which includes: Kansas Police and Fire Retirement (KP&F), paid health/dental/vision, sick leave, holidays, vacation. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications: Qualifications: As a condition of employment, the applicant will be required to successfully complete: A. Written Examination B. Oral Interview Board C. Background Investigation D. Psychological Testing / Polygraph Examination E. Drug Screen / Medical Examination F. Chief’s Interview OBTAINING AN APPLICATION: Submit applications and/or resumes to City of Eudora, PO Box 650, Eudora, KS 66025, Attention: Pam Schmeck, at pschmeck@cityofeudoraks.gov, or complete application at www.cityofeudoraks.gov..

Our children are back in school! Please watch for speed limit signs and crossing guards. Let's keep them safe. 🛑🛂

Please remember to move over for emergency vehicles. This is especially important on K 10. Thank you and the families of Law Enforcement officers say Thank You.

Another string of auto burglaries have been reported. Please be mindful of locking your vehicle and taking valuables out of the vehicle. Any information on these incidents, please report to the Eudora Police Department. 785-542-3121

Sincerest apologies for this very late posting. The following photos taken at the Chief's retirement party were to be posted on June 26. I have no clue as to what happened to them. Again, very sorry.

Photos from Chief Edwards retirement party.

All are welcome to come say "Happy Retirement" to Chief Bill Edwards. A reception in his honor will be held Thursday, June 29 at the Lodge (726 Main, Eudora) from 3:30-6:30. He's been a great asset to our community and here's an opportunity to let him know just how much he's appreciated. Hope to see you there!!

Of the dozens of applicants for one job at the Eudora Police Department, one person stood out – Christopher Southard. He started the application process in October, 2016 followed by many interviews, tests and more interviews. In the end, Christopher rose to the top. Welcome Christopher and good luck at KLETC. We all look forward to seeing you in 14 weeks!!

Dodge Ball Tournament: Eudora Middle School vs Eudora Police Department, Eudora Fire Department, and Douglas County Sheriffs Office Everyone is a winner when students and public safety officers build a great relationship.

!! 50 Strange Traffic Laws !! Next time you complain about a speeding ticket, remember that there are much sillier things you could get in trouble for. 1.It’s illegal to wear a blindfold while driving in Alabama. It’s dangerous in all states. 2.It’s illegal to drive in Alaska with a dog tethered to your roof. 3.It’s illegal in Eureka, California to use the road as a bed. 4.In Glendale, California, it’s illegal to jump from a car going over 65 mph. It’s also stupid. 5.In England, it’s illegal to drive on the right side of the road. Of course they think the U.S. law against driving on the left side of the road is weird. 6.In Connecticut, it’s illegal to hunt from a car, even if it’s painted bright orange. 7.There’s no driving through playgrounds in Georgia, but it is kind of fun. 8.Thirty days in jail await any hooligan who screeches his tires in Derby, Kansas. 9.It’s illegal for women to wear a housecoat while driving in California. 10.Tourist states like Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and California enforce laws against driving too slow. 11.A fine awaits those who allow vehicular molestation by their pets in Kentucky. 12.Don’t blare your horn at a restaurant after 9:30 P.M. in Little Rock, Arkansas or you’ll get a side of ticket with that burger. 13.Don’t park in front of Dunkin Donuts while in Maine. It won’t be worth the trip. 14.Don’t let road rage get the best of you in Rockville, Md. Swearing from a vehicle is a misdemeanor. 15.Running into a pedestrian in Sarasota, Florida is only a $78 fine. 16.It is illegal to spit from a car or bus in Marietta, Georgia. It is, however, OK to spit from a truck. 17.There is no disrobing in your car in Sag Harbor, New York. 18.In Dunn, North Carolina, it’s illegal to play in traffic... 19.or drive on the sidewalk... 20.or drive through a cemetery. 21.Do not leave your car door open longer than necessary in Oregon. 22.Don’t use your car to prove physical endurance on an Oregon road. 23.Hilton Head, South Carolina forbids the storing of trash in your vehicle. 24.It’s legal to eat road kill in West Virginia. Yummy! 25.Police officers must honk their horn or flash their lights and wait at least three minutes before breaking up any romantic goings-on in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 26.You can’t change your clothes in your car in Evanston, Illinois with curtains drawn. 27.The ice cream man has been banned in Indianola, Iowa. 28.The dead poultry delivery man has been banned on Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. 29.You’ll get fined if your truck leaves a mess in Minnetonka, Minnesota. 30.You can’t honk the horn of someone else’s car in University City, Missouri. 31.There’s no tree planting in the middle of the street in Blairstown, New Jersey. 32.There’s no running out of gas in Youngstown, Ohio. 33.It’s illegal to shoot whales from your car in Connecticut. 34.There is no rutabaga street planting in Chico, California. 35.Spilling your margarita on the street is illegal in Hermosa, California. 36.Fancy bike-riders should avoid Galesburg, Illinois. 37.Absolutely under no conditions should you throw your Red Ryder into a street in Iowa. 38.Benches are not allowed on the street in Reno, Nevada. 39.Roller-skaters and cars cannot share the road in Canton, Ohio. 40.Assembly members in Georgia cannot be ticketed while the Georgia State Assembly is in session. 41.It’s OK to drive on the sidewalk in Oregon...as long as you yield to pedestrians. 42.You must give an audible signal while passing a car in Rhode Island. 43.It’s illegal to ride a camel in Nevada. 44.Don’t ride an ugly horse in Washington. 45.You can’t cross the street while walking on your hands in Hartford, Connecticut. 46.Some birds actually have the right away on Utah streets. 47.It’s illegal to start a car in Denmark if there’s someone under it. 48.You can’t drive a car in England unless you’re in the front seat. 49.Skateboarders in Florida need a license. 50.Moose are forbidden to have sex on city streets in Alaska.

Post #3 Stranger Danger. Share your thoughts with your children today. Kidpower Safety Tips: Protecting Children from Stranger Abduction/Kidnapping Kidpower Can Help Children Protect Themselves from Bullying, Molestation, Assault, and Abduction by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Mar 9, 2012 Prevent kidnapping by teaching your children about how to be safe with strangers and by making sure they are prepared before they go anywhere without adult protection. The following recommendations are explained in a step-by-step fashion in The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: 1. Teach kids to get help if anything seems unsafe. Help kids learn to interrupt you and other adults if they think something might not be safe. They can practice saying, “I see you are busy, but this is about safety. Please listen.” Adults can practice saying, “Thank you for interrupting me. Safety comes first.” Remember that children are most likely to be harmed by someone they know rather than by a stranger. Helping them build the habit of talking with you about problems will help keep them safe. 2. Use the word ‘stranger’ calmly and accurately so kids understand more and worry less. A stranger is just a person you don’t know well. Everyone is a stranger to almost everyone else. Point out strangers on the sidewalk, at a park, and in magazines so kids learn a stranger can be a man, woman, or child of any age or ability. Kidpower teaches children that most people are good and this means that most strangers are good . Although a few strangers might bother you, you don’t need to worry – you just need to use your Stranger Safety habits. 3. Make and practice safety plans for getting help. Talk with kids about who they could get help from everywhere they go. Practice how to interrupt busy adults like storekeepers, librarians, or cashiers. Remind kids that these people are strangers, too, and you believe they will help in an emergency. Practicing helps kids take charge of their safety with confidence if you get separated at a park, fair, store, and other public places. 4. Teach kids the difference between being ‘together’ and ‘on your own.’ The safety rules are different when you are together and when you are on your own. For younger kids, ‘together’ means being very close by their own adults who are paying attention to what they are doing. A child sitting on the front porch while Mom goes inside, even just for a minute, is on his own. A teen in a crowded store is together with people who can help her. A teen in an empty part of a mall is on her own. 5. Teach kids about personal information. Personal information is any information about you, ways to contact you, or where you live or go to school. This includes your name, phone number, address, family members’ names, the name of your school, friends’ names, etc. The truth is, sometimes we do give personal information to strangers: we give personal information to the strangers working at our doctor’s office, and a child might give a home number to someone working in a store if they are getting help in an emergency. The safety rule is that children should never give personal information to stranger without checking first with the adults who are responsible for their safety. Teach children to walk away with awareness and confidence and without talking if a stranger starts asking about their personal information. 6. Help younger kids practice how to ‘Move Away and Check First.’ Stranger Safety habits for young kids who are on their own, even just for a minute, include: (1) Move Away and Check First before talking to a stranger; (2) Move Away and Check First before taking things from a stranger, and (3) Move Away and Check First before going anywhere with a stranger, unless you are having an emergency and can’t Check First. 7. Help older kids and teens practice how to ‘Think First.’ Older kids, teens, and adults are safer when they Think First first before talking to a stranger when they are on their own. They don’t have to talk. Help them practice what to do If they choose to talk: keep responses short (“I don’t know,”, “Over there,” or “It’s two o’clock”), keep walking, and don’t give personal information. 8. Practice yelling and running to get help. Teach children to use their voices and bodies to get away when someone is acting in a scary way. Explain that your voice can get the attention of people who can help you. Have children practice yelling “NO! STOP!” using a voice that is loud and strong. Have them practice yelling, “I NEED HELP” while running to a person who can help them. 9. Teach kids how to use physical self-defense in an emergency. Strong resistance can stop most assaults. Young people often fear getting in trouble for fighting, or they don’t know how to use their bodies to resist. They need to know when and how to fight to protect themselves. Explore the option of age-appropriate self-defense training through programs such as Kidpower. Explain that fighting is a last resort for getting away from a dangerous situation, and not to be used just because you are upset with someone. However, if someone is about to harm you and you cannot leave or get help at first, your safety plan is to hit, kick, and yell until you can get away and get help.

Post #2 on Stranger Danger. Please share your thoughts with your children today. Children rely on adults to help them with many things. Their innocent trusting nature is sweet, but parents also need to teach children to be safe. Unfortunately, there are people who would harm children if given the chance. It's a tricky balance to help kids understand safety without making them wary of everyone they meet. These six ideas will help you teach your kids how to be safe and happy as they navigate the wide world and people they meet. Defining “Stranger.” The simplest definition of a stranger is “someone you do not know.” Children need to know this definition, but they also need to know about “safe” strangers. Safe strangers are teachers, police officers, firefighters and other adults who work with children. They might know these people only by sight, not personally. Emphasize the importance of seeking help from these safe strangers in public places. It's never a good idea to enter the home of a stranger alone. I try to tell my children who they can ask for help in certain situations. For example, I might say this to my son as I drop him off at soccer practice: “Look for John’s mom if you need anything. Stay by the playground until I can pick you up. I will be here right at 5:30.” Helping your children identify safe strangers gives them an important tool. Stay close in crowds When we are out in a crowded public place, I encourage my children to stay close to me. If my eighth-grade daughter wants to browse in a different part of a store, I send her brother with her or tell her to stay in my sight. Small children like to run and explore. Set clear expectations for staying together, and explain the danger of wandering away. If we have a stroller with us, I ask my 6-year-old to hold on to the handle as we walk. The chance of a child being taken in these situations is slim, but sticking together helps everyone be safe. Follow your instincts One of the most important things you can teach your child is to be aware of their feelings about situations and strangers. Teach them to watch out for adults who ask them for help, invite them to come into their home or car, ask them to keep a secret or exhibit other suspicious behavior. By teaching them to follow their gut feelings, you are empowering them to make good decisions. Remind them to tell you if an adult ever makes them feel uncomfortable. Safety in numbers It is much safer for children to be in a group if they are unsupervised by adults. Find a buddy for your child to walk to school with if possible. Don’t send them outside to play or to a park by themselves. Encourage them to watch out for their friends as well. There is safety in numbers. Follow family rules Good family rules to promote safety include: never accept a ride from a stranger, make sure a parent knows where you are at all times, don’t reveal personal information to strangers (including online) and keep the door locked and don’t answer it if you are home alone. Review these rules periodically so your children are aware of them. Role-playing situations where they might have to make tough decisions will help them internalize your family’s rules for safety. No, Go, Yell, Tell. These four words are part of the National Crime Prevention Council’s advice to parents for teaching children about strangers. This phrase teaches children to yell “No!” if approached by strangers, run away quickly, yell for help and tell a trusted adult what happened. Even young children can learn these four words and what to do. Most children will grow up without having any trouble with strangers, but it’s best to be prepared. Teach your children to be aware of the people around them and follow basic safety rules. Doing this will help them have confidence to know how to keep themselves safe. Start today!

In light of suspicious activity in neighboring school districts, please review the following safety tips with your children. You will find several articles regarding stranger danger. Talk to your children as often as you can about the danger of stangers. · Don’t talk to strangers. · Don’t take anything from strangers. · Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know. · Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately. · Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately. · Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone. · Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices. · When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings. · If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.” · Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department and call 911 immediately.

Retiring Eudora police chief dedicated to community engagement Retiring Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards is planning on hanging up his hat after a 45-year law enforcement career. Edwards is pictured on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in downtown Eudora. The city of Eudora is currently searching for Edwards' replacement. Photo by Nick Krug. Enlarge photo. Retiring Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards is planning on hanging up his hat after a 45-year law enforcement career. Edwards is pictured on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in downtown Eudora. The city of Eudora is currently searching for Edwards' replacement. Asked about his law enforcement roots, Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards grabbed a black-and-white photograph from his office wall. A teenage Edwards is among the Kansas City, Kan., police academy students in the photo, as is current Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash and Ron Miller, now the U.S. Marshal for Kansas. “I wasn’t even old enough to be an officer,” he said. “I was still a cadet. We were selected for an 18-week academy at 78th Street and State Avenue.” Edwards’ 45-year law enforcement career began with his entry into the police academy. It will end June 30 when he retires after more than four years as Eudora's police chief. Thirty-three years of his career were spent with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, where Edwards rose to the rank of major in charge of the department’s downtown division after serving for 11 years as its training director. In 1994, he was selected to attend the FBI Academy, an opportunity afforded less than 2 percent of police officers, Edwards said. Other special training he has received through the years includes driving and SWAT team instruction, he said. His retirement from the Kansas City, Kan., police department didn’t take. After 18 months, Edwards took a job as police chief of Park City, a suburb of Wichita. No, Edwards added, he was not involved with the arrest of Dennis Rader, Park City’s most infamous resident. The BTK serial killer was already in prison when he arrived, but he did hear stories of that former Park City animal control officer who prowled the police department’s offices, he said. In December 2012, the Eudora position offered him a chance to move back into his Kansas City, Kan., home that he and his wife kept even after the move to Park City. The years of experience and accumulated knowledge he brought with him wasn’t lost on the officers Edwards led in Eudora, Mayor Tim Reazin said, as he made the department more professional through policy and example. “Just the respect he had from his experience helped build those serving under him,” Reazin said. “It gave them the opportunity to see the larger picture.” Looking back on the big picture of his career, Edwards said the biggest change in law enforcement has been the amount of information sharing that technology has made available to police officers. Earlier in his career, he said, when officers hit the streets, their knowledge of recent criminal activity was limited to what sergeants conveyed with colored pins on a map. “There were different colored pins for different crimes,” he said. “Now, we get computer printouts every day telling us what is going on not only in Eudora but regionally. Everybody is recognizing policing isn’t just what’s happening in your community with so many people coming and going.” That’s particularly important to a city like Eudora, sandwiched between the larger population centers of the Kansas City metropolitan area to the east and Lawrence to the west and connected to both by a busy Kansas Highway 10, Edwards said. Fortunately, the Eudora department can count on outside resources to battle those mobile problems, he said. “The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has always been willing to step up its level of service when we need it,” he said. “The chief in Lawrence, Baldwin City and KU and I meet weekly with the Douglas County (District) Attorney to discuss issues." He has also received great support at home, Edwards said. He successfully requested the Eudora City Commission expand the department with the hiring of its first detective and two patrol officers. It now has 12 full-time officers and two part-time employees. He modified the department’s organizational chart to include the two corporal positions of detective and school resource officer/DARE officer, he said. The challenge for his successor will be the same challenge that all chiefs face, Edwards said. “It’s not so much a challenge because this is an open door, but it’s critical this department stays engaged with the community and the schools,” he said. “I think the department benefits greatly by being around the schools and active in them.” Edwards has gone above and beyond to create a personal relationship with the community, Reazin said. “He’s been an active member of the community, whether it’s playing pickle ball in the recreation center or attending all the sporting events at the high school,” he said. “Those are things you can’t train. He’s been more than a police chief.” His Eudora pickle ball competitions won’t end with his retirement, Edwards vowed. The 2016 president of the Kansas Peace Officers Association said he also plans to stay an active advocate with that group. And although he plans to spend more time with his family, he said he also might explore consulting offers. “I got opportunities to do those things even while I was working here,” he said. “It’s a good thing about having years of service behind you. You do have information to share with people.” The city is advertising for a new position now, with a May 15 closing date for applications. Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said the city had already received applications with interviews planned for May 18 and 19. The goal is to hire a new chief by mid-June, he said. Copied from Lawrence Journal World 5/4/2017

The three-digit telephone number "9-1-1" has been designated as the "Universal Emergency Number," for citizens throughout the United States to request emergency assistance. It is intended as a nationwide telephone number and gives the public fast and easy access to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). In the United States, the first catalyst for a nationwide emergency telephone number was in 1957, when the National Association of Fire Chiefs recommended use of a single number for reporting fires. In 1967, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice recommended that a "single number should be established" nationwide for reporting emergency situations. The use of different telephone numbers for each type of emergency was determined to be contrary to the purpose of a single, universal number. Other Federal Government Agencies and various governmental officials also supported and encouraged the recommendation. As a result of the immense interest in this issue, the President's Commission on Civil Disorders turned to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a solution. In November 1967, the FCC met with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) to find a means of establishing a universal emergency number that could be implemented quickly. In 1968, AT&T announced that it would establish the digits 9-1-1 (nine-one-one) as the emergency code throughout the United States. The code 9-1-1 was chosen because it best fit the needs of all parties involved. First, and most important, it met public requirements because it is brief, easily remembered, and can be dialed quickly. Second, because it is a unique number, never having been authorized as an office code, area code, or service code, it best met the long range numbering plans and switching configurations of the telephone industry. Congress backed AT&T's proposal and passed legislation allowing use of only the numbers 9-1-1 when creating a single emergency calling service, thereby making 9-1-1 a standard emergency number nationwide. A Bell System policy was established to absorb the cost of central office modifications and any additions necessary to accommodate the 9-1-1 code as part of the general rate base. With Enhanced 9-1-1, or E9-1-1, local PSAPs are responsible for paying network trunking costs according to tariffed rates, and for purchasing telephone answering equipment from the vendor of their choice. On February 16, 1968, Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama. The serving telephone company was then Alabama Telephone Company. This Haleyville 9-1-1 system is still in operation today. On February 22, 1968, Nome, Alaska implemented 9-1-1 service. In March 1973, the White House's Office of Telecommunications issued a national policy statement which recognized the benefits of 9-1-1, encouraged the nationwide adoption of 9-1-1, and provided for the establishment of a Federal Information Center to assist units of government in planning and implementation. The intense interest in the concept of 9-1-1 can be attributed primarily to the recognition of characteristics of modern society, i.e., increased incidences of crimes, accidents, and medical emergencies, inadequacy of existing emergency reporting methods, and the continued growth and mobility of the population.In the early 1970s, AT&T began the development of sophisticated features for the 9-1-1 with a pilot program in Alameda County, California. The feature was "selective call routing." This pilot program supported the theory behind the Executive Office of Telecommunication's Policy. By the end of 1976, 9-1-1 was serving about 17% of the population of the United States. In 1979, approximately 26% of the population of the United States had 9-1-1 service, and nine states had enacted 9-1-1 legislation. At this time, 9-1-1 service was growing at the rate of 70 new systems per year. By 1987, those figures had grown to indicate that 50% of the US population had access to 9-1-1 emergency service numbers. In addition, Canada recognized the advantages of a single emergency number and chose to adopt 9-1-1 rather than use a different means of emergency reporting service, thus unifying the concept and giving 9-1-1 international stature. At the end of the 20th century, nearly 93% of the population of the United States was covered by some type of 9-1-1 service. Ninety-five percent of that coverage was Enhanced 9-1-1. Approximately 96% of the geographic US is covered by some type of 9-1-1.

A preliminary autopsy showed that a 9-month-old boy died "due to injuries" while under the supervision of a Eudora day care, police say. On Sept. 29, police arrived at Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home, 1307 Chestnut Lane, for a report of an unresponsive infant, later identified as Oliver Ortiz. Ortiz was driven by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Eudora Police Capt. Daniel Flick said a preliminary autopsy led police to believe Ortiz's death was suspicious. Conrad Swanson The license for Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home, 1307 Chestnut Lane, Eudora, was placed under emergency suspension after a 9-month-old baby under the facility's care died in September. When asked about the cause of Ortiz's death, Flick said he had been injured, but he would not elaborate on the nature of his injuries. The manner of Ortiz's death is listed as suspicious, but it is not currently listed as a homicide, Flick said. It is not clear how or when the infant was injured. On Friday, more than a week after Ortiz's death, Flick said no arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing. As the Eudora police began their investigation, the department reached out to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for assistance. Investigators are still collecting evidence and conducting interviews, Flick said. In the meantime, Ortiz's family is awaiting answers, he said. "They're doing as good as can be expected, losing a 9-month-old child," he said. "They are anxiously awaiting the autopsy and all the evidence, the same as we are." The Eudora Police Department released the news of Ortiz's death nearly a month after it happened to allow his family time to grieve, Flick said. A week after Ortiz's death, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment ordered Sunshine Kids Group Daycare to undergo an emergency suspension of its license, according to the department's online records. The reason justifying the suspension says only "child care practices." As of Friday, the day care's license was still suspended with a note on the KDHE website saying the emergency order is under appeal and awaiting a hearing. Cassie Sparks, KDHE public information officer, declined to release details surrounding the order of suspension, citing an open investigation. A complaint was filed against the day care in July 2015; however, the findings of the resulting survey were not available online and Sparks also declined to release that information. Other surveys of the day care, posted online, show a number of violations ranging back to 2014. The violations range from incomplete medical records to one instance of a child sleeping in a closed area, away from a staff member. A representative for Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home previously declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

The Rev.Bud Elliott, Eudora Police Department chaplain (volunteer, 2009 to present). Senior Pastor of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, credentialed Master Chaplain of the International Conference of Policy Chaplains (ICPC), City of Eudora Chaplain – and that’s just his day job – and that job lasts 24 hours a day. In the not too distant past Rev. Elliott served as an Army Reserve Chaplain (1983-1992) is a retired US Army Captain, served as a Platte County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain (2004-2009), and has served as the Eudora Police Dept. Chaplain since 2009 and the Eudora Fire Dept. Chaplain the last few years as well. On a more personal note, Bud has been married to Margaret for over 50 years and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Bud is a 1967 graduate of Fort Hays State (KS) (BA Political Science). In 1968 he accepted an auditor position with United States Fidelity and Guaranty and worked in that profession until enrolling at Central Seminary in 1975. After completing his seminary education in 1978 (M. Div.- Pastoral Theology) and being ordained in the same year, he served as a full-time pastor for two years. In Nov. 1979 he became a bi-vocational pastor, returning to his pre-ministry career as an auditor in the insurance industry. Subsequent to receiving his military commission in 1983, he continued to serve churches as pastor and the insurance industry as a Senior Auditor and Audit Supervisor. After fully retiring from the insurance industry in 2003, he accepted the position of Pastor at St. Matthew’s in Riverside, Missouri. While serving in this position, in 2004 he made the acquaintance of Rev. Joe Taloff, Chaplain with the Platte County (MO) Sheriff’s Dept. and this led to his initial association with police chaplaincy. Bud’s primary function at EPD is to support the officers in a confidential, caring, and quiet way. Like many of us, he feels a deep concern for the growing and irrational disrespect of police officers both locally and nationwide. This disrespect affects the stress levels of police officers everywhere and it compounds the situational traumas that officers routinely experience as a necessary part of their job. Thus, a chaplain’s efforts in this regard must necessarily include discovering meaning and purpose in events that initially appear to exhibit neither. In that regard, he believes acknowledging the spiritual aspect of our being is often essential to the process; the hoped for result being that perspective is maintained so that the officer’s professional experience does not contaminate his personal life and thus contributes positively to the healthy continuation of both. Secondly, he supports the community of Eudora where and when he is needed; his services being offered without charge and available to all. By way of example, he offers support and help with the first steps in overcoming domestic abuse as a trusted confidant who gives counsel, and when requested can assist in obtaining the necessary legal protections. However, the situations or circumstances that may include the involvement of the chaplain are virtually limitless. From relational issues to vocational or financial concerns, a contact with the chaplain is often a beneficial place to start. That contact having been made, Bud often suggests that victims talk with clergy of their own faith or access the social service network. In any event, while his religious training and expertise may prove invaluable in his role as chaplain, his religious affiliation is irrelevant as a chaplain must necessarily meet everyone at their level of need and understanding. If in due course the chaplain determines that a more specialized form of assistance would prove beneficial, such suggestions and referrals will most certainly be offered. What Bud rarely sees is how a story ends in the lives of the people he counsels, as he usually plays at best a transitory role. Everything a chaplain does is confidential, with two exceptions: threats to the life of the counselee and/or threats to the life of another. Those exceptions noted, no one in the department ever asks Bud for information regarding private communication, nor is any ever forthcoming. The best reward he can usually anticipate is not hearing anything from his superiors regarding someone’s “experience” with the chaplain. He truly believes that “If you need tangible rewards, you’re probably in the wrong business.”