LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -
As a result of his leadership during the last six years, Police Chief Joe Piccinini and staff have accomplished several major milestones for Lee's Summit:
- Initiated a "Community Policing" concept that places an emphasis on relationship building and problem solving through personal interaction between the police officer and the citizen.
- Lead the department to becoming a nationally accredited agency for the first time by receiving the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.'s (CALEA) Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CALEA award is considered the highest standard of excellence by law enforcement agencies. By obtaining accreditation, the Lee's Summit Police Department joined an elite class of the top 4 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the country.
- Expanded the patrol districts from seven to ten which allowed for more opportunities for police officer public interaction and awareness of potential crime activities
- Reduced Part I crime offenses, which is currently at a five-year low. Part I crime offenses include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. In 2008, the city had 2,378 of these offenses and by 2012, that number was reduced to 1,700.
Additionally, Piccinini has:
- Served on a multi-departmental "Safe Community Task Force" that included employee representatives outside of the police department who focused on reducing crime through code enforcement, planning and other methods in addition to patrol.
- Assisted in providing community information regarding the April 2010 no tax increase bond election that included $10 million for the construction of the new training and detention facilities and community meeting room at the police department and the $2 million upgrade to the emergency services radio system
- Re-organized the department to decentralize decision making and provide for a more rapid deployment of people and resources and strengthened the leadership skills for the department.
- Provided community and departmental leadership that helped to assure confidence and trust in the police department, despite a major court finding for a matter that occurred in 1999.
- Provided a higher level of community presence in the Police Chief's Office by serving on several community-based boards and committees such as Community of Character, Lee's Summit CARES, LS Character Council and the Rotary.
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