Friday, March 25, 2011

Officers to conduct neighborhood roll call in Spanish tonight


KCPD patrol officers will conduct their third all-Spanish roll call at 6 p.m. today, March 25, to meet with concerned Spanish-speaking residents.

The roll call will take place at Super Pollo Restaurant, 3253 Independence Avenue. Officers want to meet with residents of the area, learn about their concerns and build relationships with the community. The officers also will tell residents about what initiatives they’re taking in the neighborhood and share crime prevention tips.

At the last all-Spanish roll call officers conducted in December 2010 at another Independence Avenue Mexican restaurant, nearly 30 people attended, and officers received information that led them to solve three crimes.

Some of the officers are native Spanish speakers, and others are graduates of the Department’s Spanish Immersion Program, which puts officers through an intensive 10-week course equivalent to four semesters of college Spanish instruction.

Kansas City Police instituted community roll calls this year to get officers more in touch with the residents they serve. Hundreds of officers have now prepared for their shifts by meeting on front porches, at coffee shops, in apartment complexes and parking lots to get to know their communities.

If you’d like police to have a community roll call at your home or business, call the community interaction officer in your patrol division or the main KCPD number at 816-234-5000 and say you’d like to speak with the community interaction officer in your area.

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