Allow extra time in your travels during inclement weather. Slick roads and/or poor visibility make dangerous driving conditions. Please use caution.
Allow extra time in your travels during inclement weather. Slick roads and/or poor visibility make dangerous driving conditions. Please use caution.
The information below are the results from the State of Kansas & 6 State Regional in regards to the Speed Enforcement Campaign the Meade Police Department participated in. The results include 81 agencies from across the State. Speed Enforcement Campaign Results from the State of Kansas July 21 - 23, 2017 Kansas Enforcement Campaign numbers are as follows: 34 - Total Number of Speed Related Crashes 244 - Total Number of Crashes 1 - Total Number of Fatalities 2685 - Total Number of Traffic Citations Issued 303 - Total Number of Seat Belt Citations Issued 2153 - Total Number of Speed Citations Issued 2995 - Total Number of Traffic Warnings Issued 71 - Total DWI Arrests and Citations 40 - Total Commercial Vehicle Citations Issued 207 - Total Commercial Vehicle Warnings Issued 78 - Total Drug Arrests Made 107 - Felony Arrest/Other The 6 State Regional Enforcement Campaign numbers are as follows: 1,362 - Total Number of Crashes 359 - Total Number of Speed -related Crashes 11 - Total Number of Fatalities 12,150 - Total Number of Traffic Citations Issued 1,091 - Total Number of Seat Belt Citations Issued 7,731 - Total Number of Speed Citations Issues 12,330 - Total Number of Traffic Warnings Issued 276 - Total DWI Arrests and Citations 227 - Total Commercial Vehicle Citations Issued 941 - Total Commercial Vehicle Warnings Issued 295 - Total Drug Arrests Made 467 - Felony Arrest/Other City of Meade Enforcement Campaign numbers are as follows: 13 - Total Number of Traffic Citations Issued 13 - Total Number of Speed Citations Issued 5 - Total Number of Traffic Warnings Issued 1 - Total Drug Arrest Made
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beginning July 21rst thru July 23rd, the Meade Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic that often has fatal consequences, “speeding” on our streets and highways. In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the six-state area will be extra vigilant when patrolling around city, rural state and federal highways. As speed increases, the severity of crashes increases, leading to a rise in fatalities and/or serious injuries. Officers are educating drivers and passengers regarding the importance of slowing down, using restraints and not driving while impaired. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting, driving while impaired or failing to buckle up. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up. Thank you, Meade Police Department
MEADE ANIMAL CONTROL The City of Meade Animal Control Department has been seeing an influx of un-registered animals roaming the streets. We first would ask that everyone do their best to keep their animals on a leash or secured within their properties. If you have animal’s, dogs or cats especially please stop buy the City Office and get them registered. This greatly helps us locate the owners and get them back home. If you have any questions please contact: Animal Control Officer Jeffrey Mather 620-873-2091 620-873-5411
For Immediate Release 05-15-2017 Contact: Michael J. Inlow / Chief of Police Phone: 620-873-5411 Click It or Ticket is on its way Beginning on Monday, May 22, and continuing through Sunday, June 4, travelers can expect increased police presence on city streets and highways as the Meade Police Department joins 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2017 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Enforcement will occur around the clock. Officers will be especially vigilant at night because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unrestrained crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours. Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act. These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any seat position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained. Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited. The fine for an adult seat belt violation is $10 (no court costs). The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60 (no court costs), while the fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of as much as $108. [Enter highest court cost in your jurisdiction.] Children under the age of four must be correctly secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds, in which case, the booster may be removed and the child belted in without it. Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station, or safety seat technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or write firstname.lastname@example.org. The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT, 93% of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in. So, in general, unrestrained occupants who are involved in a crash have, at most, only about a 7% chance of emerging unscathed, not suffering some degree of injury. While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment within the vehicle provides more protection. Kansas’ overall adult seat belt compliance rate is 87% and ranges, by county, from 61% to 96%, with occupants in rural counties generally less likely to buckle up than those in urban counties. According to KDOT, this rural-urban difference in seat belt rates is especially problematic because rural roadway conditions are, in general, less forgiving than those in urban areas and the consequences of driver misjudgment – such as unsafe speed and failure to buckle up – are likely to be more severe. Picture, for example, two lanes, narrow shoulders, ditches on both sides, and random culverts waiting to snag vehicles leaving the roadway. Or, consider the rollover crash, which is so much more prevalent on rural roadways than city streets. One of the grimmest duties a police officer is called upon to perform is to work a crash where an unrestrained occupant is partially or completely ejected, and then crushed by the rolling vehicle. It is easy to see why fully two-thirds of Kansas’ fatality crashes occur on rural roadways even though they see only one-third of all crashes. Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children, and it does well with its youngest ones, those aged 0-4, who are buckled in to child safety seats at the rate of 97%. However, the percentage of properly restrained 5- to 13-year olds is only 84%. Moreover, seven out of ten times when drivers, themselves, are unbelted, their child passengers are also unsecured. Thank you, Meade Police Department.
Lately there have been a lot of phone scams occurring. Make yourself aware of these scams. There are several signs and tactics the scammers use to get you to send them money, gift cards, or tell them your personal information. Please look for: 1. The Offer Seems Too Good to be True 2. They Want Private Information 3. Grammatical Errors 4. Requests for Fees 5. Suspicious Email Domains 6. Suspicious or No Addresses 7. Request for Access to Your Computer 8. Untraceable Payment Method 9. They put Pressure on you to do what they say (you have less then 48 hours to make the payment) 10. They state law enforcement is involved or lawyers. 11. They don't want you to share to anyone what they've told you Please share this with relatives and teens with phones. The scammers target the young and elderly. If you are unsure you are being scammed feel free to contact us at the Police Department 620-873-5411 Do not give money or information if you are unsure or you do not have legitimate documentation to who you are sending to.
We thank all for the efforts! Ensure to give a extra wave and honk for the convoys! http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Michigan-volunteers-arrive-to-deliver-donations-for-Fire-relief-in-Meade-417253703.html
---ATTENTION--- We have learned of a Facebook Messenger scam that criminals are hacking Facebook Messenger mobile apps and promising large amounts of money to the friends and family found in the contacts of the hacked account. The hackers, posing as the friends and family contacts, are requesting the victim to send them a smaller amount of cash in order for them to send you the large amount of money. THIS IS A SCAM!!! This can be very misleading because the criminals are using the profiles of friends and family. They know that your guard may be let down. Please don’t be a victim. No matter the means of communication, mail, telephone, email, or social media, if anyone promises you money but in order to receive it you must send them a smaller amount, DO NOT DO IT!! K-9 Officer Douglas Ritter # 325
"Approximately 30 houses were lost in Clark County. Ashland High School is a designated drop off location for the following items: water bottles, toiletries, non-perishable food items, paper towels, baby wipes, etc. (no clothes donations at this time). Thank You." - Superintendent Kenneth Harshberger As a result Meade Schools will be collecting these items at the high school starting today and through Wednesday, March 8th at 3:30 PM. The items will be taken the items to Ashland after school on Wednesday.
Please put your broken tree limbs either out by the street or back by the alley. City Crews hope to be able to start Monday 1/23 picking them up and hauling them off. Thank you.
THE CHIEFS CORNER I Assistant Chief DJ Threatt with the Meade Police Department has teamed up with Meade High School Principal Scott Moshier and Teacher Amanda Barnum and joined Seatbelts Are for Everyone (SAFE) for the 2016-17 school year. SAFE is a teen run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seatbelt use through education, positive rewards and enforcement. It’s designed to bring awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt so we can reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within our communities. The goal of SAFE is to provide students with strong traffic safety messages throughout the school year. During the program students conduct unannounced seatbelt surveys, hold monthly educational programs including pledge card signings and monthly drawings for gift cards which are awarded to students that have signed a pledge card to wear their seatbelt. Law enforcement also conducts an enforcement period to emphasize the importance of wearing your seatbelt. SAFE has been instrumental in increasing the Kansas teen seatbelt rate from 61 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2015. During the 2014-15 school year, SAFE was in 124 schools in 59 of the 105 Kansas counties. Meade High School teacher Amanda Barnum has led the Leadership class to execute the program. The class performed a two-day observational seatbelt survey. The results showed 66% of the students that either drove or rode in a car to school wore seatbelts, as 5% showed they were distracted while driving. The program goal is to increase the number of teens wearing their seatbelts, and decrease the number of distracted teens. So far, the Leadership class has provided pizza at lunch for any student who signs a pledge card to wear their seatbelt. At the first home basketball game the program drew a name from the pledge cards and that student won a gift card to a local restaurant. The state provided funds to the program for the school participating in a monthly event promoting safe driving. Each month students will resign pledge cards to be entered into a monthly drawing, and for an end of the year drawing for a big prize. If a student is seen by local law enforcement or teachers not wearing a seatbelt, their name will be withdrawn from the drawing and lower the chances of winning for the end of the year drawing. The school has also participated in a S.A.F.E. poster contest, with a winning prize of a pizza party. The students involved in the program have been invited to the Topeka State Capital on January 18th 2017 to be given a tour of the capital. While at the capital students will meet with State Senators and State Representatives as well as Governor Sam Brownback to talk about the Safe Program and their city and school. They will also learn how a bill becomes a law, and discuss with lawmakers how the state can increase teen safety while driving. On March 1st Meade, High School on behalf of the S.A.F.E. program will have Miss Kansas 2016 Kendall Schoenekase at the school to talk to students on the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting and driving. Meade High School is the only high school in Meade County, Clark County, and Seward County participating but is hoping other high schools will join the successful program. It is important for the community to teach the teens and others the importance of wearing a seatbelt and making smart decisions while driving. Sincerely, Assistant Chief DJ Threatt
THE CHIEFS CORNER The temperatures in Meade have definitely taken a turn towards winter. The forecast says we aren’t going to see much above 40 degrees during the day and not much above 27 degrees at night. We all know that Kansas isn’t selfish with the wind so that will of course bring a nasty wind chill. So, what does this have to do with a Law Enforcement article? Well lets first talk about our children of the community. We need to make sure they are bundled up. They should have gloves, stalking caps, winter jackets and appropriate clothing for this time of year. A good rule of thumb. If you’re not willing to walk or play outside due to the conditions neither should they. If you or someone you know doesn’t have these items or is unable to afford these items, please contact the Meade Police Department for assistance. Next let’s talk about travel safety. Before you hit the road you really should have a winter road survival kit. I don’t expect everyone to have the list I’m going to present but it’s the most common list out there and it fits in a basic tote that will fit in the back of any vehicle. • a shovel • windshield scraper and small broom • flashlight with extra batteries • battery powered radio • water • snack food including energy bars • raisins and mini candy bars • matches and small candles • extra hats, socks and mittens • First aid kit with pocket knife • Necessary medications • blankets or sleeping bag • tow chain or rope • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction • booster cables • emergency flares and reflectors • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter Another big thing about travel is don’t RISK IT in bad conditions. If the roads are closed, well they are for a reason. Call your local Police Department or Sheriff’s Office and ask what the local road conditions are. Also, every state has a road conditions call in center that will give you information. Kansas is call 511. If we get that big snow in town and you want to venture out to see how bad it is and see who is shoveling away, well we ask that you don’t. It’s truly about safety. Please wait until the City, County and State Crews have time to clean things up. Our jobs are a lot safer if there aren’t people out and about. Last topic about cold weather safety is this time of year our animal calls tend to go on the rise. Cold weather can be deadly for pets. As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, The Humane Society of the United States sees a marked increase in the number of complaints about dogs and cats who have been left outside with no food or shelter. We encourage you to contact local law enforcement agencies because pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food and shelter, are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite and even death. Their owners are at risk of facing criminal charges. The act of leaving a pet outside without food or adequate shelter often receives less attention than a violent attack against an animal, but neglect is a crime. Especially in these cold months, it is important for people to bring their pets inside and for others to report neglected animals to law enforcement. Kansas law treats these as misdemeanor crimes under K.S.A. 21-4310 and 21-4311. There is also city adopted ordinances. The punishment for these crimes can be jail time and serious fines. So please keep our pets safe and remember they are just as much vulnerable as we are during these weather conditions. Thanks for reading and until next time be safe and have a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas from the Meade Police Department. Sincerely, Chief Michael J. Inlow
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The Meade Police Department would like to say thank you to all the Veterans out there. We appreciate all that you have done for your country, communities and your families. It can not be said enough how appreciative we are for all your services and support you have provided this great country. Thank you.
In regards to the Parking Initiative that was posted by the Meade County Sheriff’s Office. There is a misconception on how Law Enforcement functions in our community. There are two separate Law Enforcement Agencies and they are the Meade Police Department and the Meade County Sheriff’s Department. The Meade Police Department has jurisdiction in the City of Meade and its properties and the Meade County Sheriff’s Department has County wide jurisdiction. The Sheriff’s Office does not need the permission from the City to take action in Meade. The Sheriff’s Office has made this a County Wide imitative not just the City of Meade. The Meade Police Department has in the past has communicated the parking issues we have here in Meade. We did not issue written warnings we made personal contact with the owners of the vehicles and that worked for a while. Parking has been an issue for some time and it does pose a safety concern as mentioned on the Meade County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page. As the Chief of Police for the City of Meade I fully support the Sheriff’s Department in their actions and the Meade Police Department will also enforce the same warning that was put out by the Sheriff’s Office. If there are concerns with this enforcement, please feel free to contact Sheriff Mark Miller or Chief of Police Michael Inlow. This initiative is about SAFETY as that is our primary duty to the City of Meade and the County of Meade.
THE CHIEFS CORNER As fall, has arrived and the cold weather sets in it means that driving conditions change this time of year. A primary focus this year has been about Teen driving. Captain Darrel Threatt has been working with the Meade High School Leadership class in a program called SAFE which focuses on Teen driving. The number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. New data from federal regulators reveal a 10-percent increase last year in teen driving deaths. Teens are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash. Eight in 10 adults between ages 35 to 55 admit to driving while talking on the phone – more than teens. About half of teens and adults drive 15 mph over the speed limit. But when you add inexperience, speed and distraction, you get deadly results for the younger drivers, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. Donovan Tessmer was about to start his senior year of high school. While out with friends, the teen’s girlfriend was speeding, lost control and hit a tree. Donovan wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He was ejected and killed instantly. “Crash has a date, but the pain doesn’t have a time frame,” said his mother, Martha Tessmer. “I can’t even describe what it felt like in that moment, to be standing on a crash site looking down at a yellow tarp knowing that my son was underneath it. But also, knowing that the young driver would have never did anything to hurt us on purpose. “Almost a decade later, speeding remains one of the top mistakes teens make behind the wheel. Of the nearly 14,000 fatal crashes involving teen drivers over the last five years, more than 4,200 involved speed. “I think one of the kind of disturbing things is that it’s not getting any better,” said Tamra Johnson of the AAA. Johnson said an AAA survey found parents were often more guilty of bad driving than their teens. Sixty-five percent of driving instructors complained parents were worse at teaching their children to drive than a decade ago. “When parents set stricter rules for their teens before they get behind the wheel, those teens typically have less crashes,” Johnson said. The most common mistake teens make is poor visual scanning, followed by speeding, then distracted driving. Christian Castellano got a ticket texting while driving. “I thought that he was Snapchatting actually, because he had it up to his face, but he said that he was texting,” said Officer Bobby Allen of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “Do you text and drive a lot?” Van Cleave asked. “Normally no, because my mom got onto me when I first started driving, and so after that I quit doing it, and then I was running late,” Castellano said. More new research out Wednesday funded by Ford finds a full third of teens don’t get their license until at least 18 and are not subject to the graduated licensing laws that place restrictions on younger teen drivers. Graduated licensing laws are believed to have reduced teen crash risk by as much as 30 percent. These facts are even true in our community. So, the Meade Police Department will be participating in the Ticket or Treat Event from October 31st to November 4th. We will be looking for proper restraints and enforcing speed limits around the schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Meade Police Department at 620-873-5411 or stop by 126 S. Fowler St. Thanks for reading and until next time be safe. Sincerely, Chief Michael J. Inlow
As a Law Enforcement Administrator, Police Officer and Citizen it is very difficult to see the news at times especially the recent events that involve Officer involved shootings. I see so many negative posts and comments that are not warranted and can be quite disturbing in nature. The fact of the matter is, being a Monday morning quarterback is easy. You or I weren't there so don't judge as we have no idea as to what took place. I sympathize with both parties, the Officers and the Victims. Trust me the last thing an Officer wants to do is use his or her firearm or any kind of force for that matter. These investigations take time and they should. We want the truth and we are responsible for that. All i ask is for our followers to be responsible in their words, comments and actions when it comes to these matters. Be respectful of Law Enforcement and the Victims and have compassion and understanding for all those involved. There is a quote that says it well and it is: “People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.” ― Steve Maraboli This quote and post is aimed at the negativity that is shared towards these situations. I truly believe in freedom of speech and I promote it. All i ask is that it is done so with respect and consideration for all those involved in these situations. Michael J. Inlow Chief of Police
The following is an advertisement for a position with the City of Meade / Meade Police Department: The City of Meade is currently accepting applications for a Clerk / Administrative Assistant that would serve in the following areas: Municipal Court Clerk / Administrative Assistant for the Meade Police Department and fill in City Clerk in the City Clerks absence. This position will be advertised until the closing date 09/07/2016 at 5:00 pm. If interested please stop by the City of Meade Office or the Meade Police Department for an application. You may also speak with City Clerk Tiffany Neel 620-873-2091 or Chief Michael Inlow 620-873-5411 about the position. Thank you.
THE CHIEFS CORNER Well summer has come and it’s on the way out the door and fall is on its way in and the kids are back in school. With that in mind this time of year our big focus is on the children’s safety and teen driving. So here are some of those national statistics in regards to teen driving: In 2013, there were 1,691 young drivers 15 to 20 years old who died in motor vehicle crashes- a 10% decrease from 2012 Additionally, 177,000 young drivers were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013- a 4% drop since 2012. Young drivers make up for 6%- it is a 1.9% decrease from 2004. The greatest lifetime chance of crashing occurs in the first 6 months after licensure. Over a ten-year period, fatality crashes in young drivers decreased by half. There were 3,966 drivers involved in fatal crashes — a 50-percent decrease from the 7,942 involved in 2004. The 15- to 20-year-old age group accounted for 11 percent of all drivers involved in single-vehicle fatal crashes, compared to 8 percent in multivehicle fatal crashes. In the 15- to 20-year-old age group, driver fatalities declined by 53 percent from 2004 to 2013. In 2013. In 2013, 9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were 15 to 20 years old. Young drivers accounted for 6 percent of the total number of licensed drivers in the United States in 2013. The rate of drivers involved in fatal crashes per 100,000 licensed drivers for young female drivers was 19.32 per 100,000 licensed young female drivers. For young male drivers, the involvement rate was 44.64. In 2010, 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash. In 2012, 67.5% of teens (14-19) that were killed in Kansas, were not wearing their seatbelt. 1/14/2016, 2/3 of teens who die in car crashes are passengers of teen drivers. Speeding is a factor in 40% of all teen driver fatalities. The fatality rate for drivers ages 16-19, based on miles driven, is four times higher than for drivers ages 25-60. Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent — at 55 mph— of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Teens are more likely to drive distracted than other drivers. Drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely than older divers to send text messages or emails while driving. About 40 percent of American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. Between 2009 & 2012 in the state of Kansas, seatbelt use among 15-17-year-old increase by 19%! When used correctly, seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%. Teen drivers or passengers face up to a $60 fine for not buckling up. Of the young drivers with known restraint use, 50 percent of those who died in crashes in 2013 were restrained at the time of the crashes. I know that was a lot of data but as always I believe the best way to help the community is through education. So all that we ask is please help us educate our young drivers so our community doesn’t become part of this statistic. As always stay safe and if you ever have any questions please feel free to make contact with the Meade Police Department. Good luck to all the Buffalos this year. Go out there and compete hard and represent your community and yourselves proudly. Go Buffs….
I want to thank everyone who has liked our page. I want to apologize that we haven't kept it up as we would like. For those who don't read the paper I try to put an article out once a month and its called the Chiefs Corner. I plan to start putting that on here as well. Please feel free to leave comments or send messages as long as they are respectful and clean. Again thank you for the likes and viewing the content we post. Chief Michael J. Inlow