Independence Police Department

  • Agency: Independence Police Department
  • Address: 223 N. Memorial Drive, Independence, 64050 MO
  • Chief: Fred Mills (Chief of Police)
Phone: 816.325.7300
Fax: 816.325.7270

Independence Police Department is located at 223 N. Memorial Drive, Independence, 64050 MO. The Chief of Police of the department is Fred Mills. The Independence Police Department phone number is 816.325.7300.

Independence Police Department News

Homicide Victim Identification The victim in this morning’s homicide in the 500 block of S. Oxford Avenue has been identified as Abigail L. Edwards, a 20 year old, white female, from Independence, MO. This is still an active homicide investigation. If you have any information that might help detectives, please call the Tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS or IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indpmo.org

Homicide on Oxford Ave. At 12:36 a.m. this morning, officers were dispatched on a shooting at a home in the 500 block of S. Oxford Avenue. They located a deceased adult inside the residence who had been shot. This is an active homicide investigation. If you have any information that might help detectives please call the tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indpmo.org

Attempt to Identify: Package Theft This surveillance video shows a man on a bicycle steal a package from the front porch of a house in the 2300 block of S. Maywood Avenue (right off of E. 23rd Street). The package was delivered at 10:53 AM and stolen at 12:06 PM. The man appears to be bald with possible scars or cuts on his head. He was wearing sunglasses and a brown Carhartt style jacket. If you can us identify him, please call the tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org Thanks for sharing. Reference IPD Case# 2018-21048

We had a nice visit this weekend from Corporal Al Rudd, who retired from IPD in 1994. You may remember him as "Officer Friendly" back in the day. He stopped by to check out how much our police cars and equipment have changed over the years but also just to say Hi to the officers who've followed in his footsteps.

National Crime Victims Rights Week Enforcement As part of National Crime Victims Rights week, the Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit conducted a Saturation Patrol Impaired Driving enforcement operation on Friday April 13th. The project was operated from 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM with the following arrests and citations: 3 Felony DWI 1 Misdemeanor DWI 5 Drug Arrests 35 Warrant arrests 42 Hazardous Moving Violations 37 Other Non-Moving Violations

IPD Seeks Additional Information From The Public. Yesterday, the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office announced that a former staff member of William Chrisman High School, Robert L. Bluett III, was charged with two counts of Sexual Contact with a Student. During the course of their investigation, IPD Detectives have learned that Mr. Bluett is 'friends' with multiple students on Facebook and Snapchat. IPD Detectives are seeking information on additional victims who may have had unlawful or inappropriate contact with Mr. Bluett. If you have any information that might assist with this ongoing investigation, please call our Criminal Investigations Unit at (816) 325-7330.

Homicide Investigation Update: "A Kansas City man has been charged with Murder in the 1st Degree for fatally stabbing his father in his Independence residence." http://www.jacksoncountyprosecutor.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=506

Double Homicide - S. Lynn Court We are working a double homicide investigation in the 3500 blk of S. Lynn St. Officers were called to an apartment on a "Nature Unknown" call at 2:43 AM this morning (4/12/18). Two deceased adult male victims were located inside the home. This investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available. Updates will be provided here.

Attempt to Identify: 36th Street Burglaries Detectives are trying to idenitfy the subject in this video regarding an investigation into two residential burglaries and one attempted burglary in the 9900 blocks of E. 36th Street and E. 36th Terr. If you know who this is, please call the Tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org (IPD Case Report 2018-20713, 2018-20733, & 2018-20731)

Attempt to Identify: Purse Theft Suspect On Mar. 30th at about 4pm, an elderly female noticed her blue purse was stolen from her shopping cart at Hyvee (4545 S. Noland Road). Surveillance footage shows this white male steal the purse and exit the store. He was with a white adult female and two juveniles. If you know who this is, please call the Tips hotline (816) 474-TIPS, IPD tips at (816) 325-7777 or email leads@indepmo.org. IPD Case # 2018-21812

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 8-14. This week is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public as emergency dispatchers. On April 6, several members of IPD’s Emergency Communications Center received awards at the annual Mid-America Regional Council’s Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration and Outstanding Performance Awards. They are as follows: The “Outstanding Multi-Agency Performance in a Critical incident Award” was presented to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas City MO PD, Blue Springs PD, Sugar Creek PD, Liberty PD, MO State Highway Patrol and the Independence Police Department for their combined efforts on the incident on March 29, 2017, in which IPD Officer Tom Wagstaff was critically injured. According to the award nomination, “There was undeniably a true spirit of teamwork within the ECC (Emergency Communications Center) and region this terrible day. Every agency worked together pulling resources, making calls, working with each other to ensure all aspects of the incident were not only covered but nothing was forgotten.” The "Outstanding PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) Leader" award was presented to Hunter Bonar. According to Communications Administrator Rhonda Harper, “Hunter leads by example; he makes honest and ethical behavior a key value and has the ability to inspire creating an atmosphere of pride in the organization and trust amongst his co-workers.” The "Everyday Hero" award was presented to Julie Carmichael. According to Rhonda, Julie “exudes professionalism is every aspect of her profession, from the way she handles and deal with each caller to the contact with each of our responders.” “It doesn’t matter what incident, situation or chaos is currently happening, Julie remains calm through the storm assisting others through the problem or situation ensuring everyone is always working together as a team.” Michelle Maples received the "Outstanding Training Performance" award. According to Rhonda, Michelle “is an excellent instructor not only teach on the job but thrives in the classroom environment” and also “dedicates herself to the men and women she served to ensure the highest quality standards are always met.”

Tip of the Day: When you run from the police, please go in the direction of the police station. It makes our job so much easier.

Congratulations Detective Virgil Garner on your retirement. We thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Independence. We are also thankful for your decision to continue to serve our community in retirement as a police chaplain, reserve officer and peer support team member.

We are hosting a 5-day Field Training Officer Seminar this week taught by Kaminsky, Sullengerger & Associaties Inc. Numerous outside agency law enforcement officers as well as six officers from IPD are attending this course. Field Training Officers (FTOs) are responsible for training new police officers who have either just completed a police academy or have been hired from other police or sheriffs departments. All new IPD officers complete a 14-week training period with various FTOs before they are released on their own.

Attempt to Identify: Theft from Motor Vehicle Detectives are investigating a brazen theft from a motor vehicle that occurred in the parking lot of the Quik Trip at US 40 Hwy and Lee’s Summit Road. A witness saw a suspect get out of a silver Ford Mustang and break out the window of a Dodge Journey to steal a woman’s purse. This incident occurred at 5:20 PM in broad daylight. The suspect vehicle is pictured along with two subjects who were riding in it with the suspect who broke into the other vehicle. We’d like to speak with both of them and locate this suspect vehicle. If you know who these people are or where we can find this silver Ford Mustang, please call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, (816) 325-7777, leads@indepmo.org IPD Report # 2018-13067

This week, IPD's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad) has teamed up with numerous law enforcement agencies for an Explosive Ordnance Recovery Week. "The FBI, along with our state, local and federal partners, are making a focused effort during this time period and are seeking the public’s assistance in recovering these items. These items may have been brought home as mementos by relatives from their time serving their country in the military or possibly purchased at swap meets and similar venues" If you've located any potentially dangerous explosive devices, please do not move, touch, handle, or transport any of the items, but please call 816-512-8496. "In the metro area, teams will be on stand-by from April 2 through April 6 and will be comprised of members of the Missouri and Kansas Bomb Tech working group as well as military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians. It is anticipated that teams will respond as notified, but based on potential volume, response time could be between two and four hours."

Congratulations to Detective Matt Onka on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant today. A ceremony was held this afternoon among family, friends and police employees.

Prostitution / Sex Trafficking Operation Results Two weeks ago the Criminal Investigations Unit 520 Squad and members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an undercover operation to combat prostitution and human trafficking crimes in various locations in Independence. The arrest results were as follows: Prostitution: 10 (2 Felony Cases) Patronizing Prostitution: 8 (1 Felony Case) Drug Violations: 9 (5 Felony Cases) Warrants: 2 (1 nationwide extradition, no bond, felony) Aiding in the Commission of a Misdemeanor (Pimps/Transport): 1 Total number of suspects arrested: 18 Total number of criminal charges: 28 In addition to the above charges, two possible sex trafficking victims were identified that will lead to further investigations.

A 'shoplifting sweep' was conducted yesterday on and around 39th Street and several stores participated. The following stops, arrests and summons were made by officers: - 13 arrests for Shoplifting - 1 for Parties (lying about one's identity) - 1 for Trespassing - 1 for Interfering with police - 1 Felony drug arrest - 1 for Disorderly Conduct - 19 warrants (1) felony with approximately $30,000 total in bonds - 7 traffic summons (2 for fleeing) - 3 car stops (1 pursuit) Stolen merchandise valued at $3,223.00 was recovered. Thanks to the stores and their loss prevention personnel for participating.

"KC Man Sentenced to 21 years for Meth, Marijuana" (This case was handled by IPD's Drug Enforcement Unit) https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/kc-man-sentenced-21-years-meth-marijuana

"Two KC Men Plead Guilty To Armed Robberies" (One of the Robberies occurred in Independence and they were ultimately arrested by our officers.) https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/two-kc-men-plead-guilty-armed-robberies

ICYMI: Officer Wagstaff served as the Grand Marshal in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPMuNPU_Pvo

17 years ago today, IPD Officer Terry Foster was killed in the line of duty serving the City of Independence. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. Officer Foster was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call. An elderly couple had called police to report their grown son was threatening them and acting violent. When officers arrived, the suspect locked himself in an upstairs bedroom. After talking with the suspect, the officers forced the hallway door open and began to check a bedroom when the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Foster in the head and chest several times. Other officers dragged Officer Foster out of the home and held their positions when an explosion ripped through the bedroom, completely engulfing the house. The suspect's body was later found inside. Officer Foster had been employed with the Independence Police Department for 32 years, and was only three weeks from retirement.