Monday, April 11, 2011

KCPD to shine spotlight on sexual assault awareness in ribbon campaign


The Kansas City Police Department is joining 44 other area law enforcement agencies and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) to put a spotlight on sexual assault awareness April 11-15.

Officers from the agencies listed below will tie teal ribbons to the spotlights of their patrol cars April 11-15 as part of the Spotlight on Sexual Assault Ribbon Campaign to show support for the victims of sexual violence. The campaign will kick off at 1 p.m. April 11 with a press conference featuring vehicles and representatives from the participating agencies and commanders of the sex crimes units of the Kansas City Missouri and Overland Park Police Departments. The event will take place at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road.

The Ribbon Campaign highlights law enforcement’s commitment to ending sexual violence in the community, in partnership with MOCSA. It’s part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time that recognizes and empowers victims of sexual assault. April 11-15 also is National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Kansas City, Mo., saw a 19 percent decrease in reported rapes from 2009 to 2010.

“We’re pleased to join with other law enforcement agencies throughout the Kansas City area to deliver the message that sex crimes will not be tolerated, and we will do everything we can to bring the perpetrators to justice and bring support to the victims,” said Captain Mark Folsom, commander of KCPD’s Special Victims Unit.

The participating agencies include:

From Kansas:
Fairway Police Dept.
Gardner Department of Public Safety
Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Kansas City Kansas Police Dept.
Leawood Police Dept.
Lenexa Police Dept.
Louisburg Police Dept.
Merriam Police Dept.
Miami County Sheriff's Office
Mission Police Dept.
Olathe Police Dept.
Osawatomie Police Dept.
Overland Park Police Dept.
Paola Police Dept.
Prairie Village Police Dept.
Roeland Park Police Dept.
University of Kansas Campus Police Dept.
Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office

From Missouri:
Blue Springs Police Department
Cass County Sheriff's Office
Clay County Park Rangers
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Excelsior Springs Police Dept.
Garden City Police Dept.
Gladstone Department of Public Safety
Grain Valley Police Dept.
Harrisonville Police Dept.
Kansas City Missouri Police Dept.
Lee's Summit Police Dept.
Liberty Police Dept.
Lone Jack Police Dept.
Mosby Police Dept.
Oak Grove Police Dept.
Parkville Police Dept.
Peculiar Police Dept.
Platte City Police Dept.
Platte County Sheriff's Office
Pleasant Hill Police Dept.
Raymore Police Dept.
Raytown Police Dept.
Riverside Department of Public Safety
Smithville Police Dept.
Sugar Creek Police Dept.
Tracy Police Dept.
University of Missouri-Kansas City Police Department