The Chillicothe Police Department urges anyone having information relating to criminal activity to call the Police Department at 660-646-2121. All information received is completely confidential. 


At the Chillicothe City Council meeting February 25, 2019, Chief Maples introduced three new employees of the department - Brian Schmidt, part-time police officer,  and dispatchers, Kaylee Ramsey and Caitlin Howard. The council also unanimously approved the purchase of a Computer Voice Stress Analysis machine for the police department.

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The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club's annual Shop with a Cop was Saturday morning, December 15, 2018, at a local retailer. This annual event helps families in the holiday season. The nearly 75 children involved were paired with a local officer, Kiwanis Club Member, Key Club Member, and members of the Chillicothe FFA to shop for items for their family and themselves. Family members who were waiting for the children to complete the shopping said they really appreciated the opportunity for their child to participate and that Christmas could have been much different this year. Funding for the event was raised by local organizations including the Chillicothe Police Department and through grants provided by Wal-Mart.
More than 14 local members of law enforcement from the Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Homeland Security and the Livingston County Sheriff's office joined other volunteers to allow local children to "Shop with a Cop," at Walmart on Dec. 15. In addition to law enforcement Chillicothe schools staff, teachers, members of FFA, CHS Key Club, Kiwanis volunteers and Walmart staff members joined together to make the annual Shop with a Cop event, which is sponsored each year by the Kiwanis Club, a success. CT PHOTO/ANGIE TALKEN
Participants in the Law Enforcement Torch Run made their way through Chillicothe beginning at Simpson Park and ending at the Chillicothe Fire Department. The torch run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Missouri. The annual event began in 1986 as a 30-mile run and is now an 11-day relay covering more than 950 miles with more than 3,000 runners. It originates in more than 40 locations and culminates in Springfield, MO, the site of the State Summer Games which take place June 1-3. This year represents the 32nd year that Missouri law enforcement officers have supported SOMO. Special Olympics Missouri offers 21 sports for individuals to practice and compete in, each of which are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley 05 24 18

Special Press Release - May 10, 2018 - Drug Safety

On May 2, the Chillicothe Police Department partnered with Gateway Recovery and members of our community - Kati Johnson and Willy Deardorff - to present a drug safety talk to the Lifepoint Church Aftershock Youth Group. The presentation detailed the consequences of drug use, our goals as officers to combat the drug problem, and get the word to them before peer pressure gets to them. Kati and Willy told the youth their addiction stories and their roads to recovery from their addictions. They provided advice on how to avoid getting hooked on drugs and ways to assist in stopping issues before they begin. Gateway representative Maggie McCoy told the youth about the recovery process and how strict it is but how well it helps.

The team did a great job. Our goal is to get into the lives of our youth and let them know the pressures they will face and the life-long consequences they face from making one poor decision. Our hopes are that we spread the word before they face peer pressure and go down the wrong path. Chief Maples told the group, "I could just stand here and tell you that we'll arrest you for using drugs but how would that help? We want you to see it from our community members who have experienced it and are in recovery." The Chillicothe Police Department takes pride in keeping our community safe and clean which is why we take proactive and preventative measures.

C-T Photos / Dalton Ripley / C-T 12/22/17

SHOP WITH A COP - By Catherine Stortz Ripley C-T 12 22 17 - With Christmas lists in hand, 75 children set out to get everything on their lists. The 17th annual shopping event is coordinated by the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club for children in the community whose families can benefit from an extra boost at Christmas. The event also gave children the opportunity to shop and experience the joy of giving gifts to loved ones. The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club organizes the event, applies for grant funds and coordinates the planning. Funds this year were provided by Walmart, as well as through fund-raising efforts by offenders at Chillicothe Correctional Center. The program is carried out through the cooperation of the school district's teachers and counselors who select children they think might benefit most from the shopping spree. This was the biggest year ever in terms of children participating. Upon arrival on Saturday, the children were partnered with adults - members of the Chillicothe Police Department, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and members of the Kiwanis Club and Chillicothe High School's Key Club members. The children selected are students in kindergarten through fifth grade and are enrolled in the Chillicothe School District and Bishop Hogan Memorial School. Additional children are added through suggestions by others in the community, such as the police department. After being selected, their guardians are notified and asked whether they would like their child to participated. On the given day, they will take their child to Walmart to do the shopping and pick them up once they completed shopping and have had their gifts wrapped. In all, there were approximately 10 Key Club members (which is the high school chapter of the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club), two Key Club sponsors from Trenton (including the state's Key Club lieutenant governor), 16 Chillicothe Kiwanis members and their families, 18 Walmart employees, 20 city police, sheriff and highway patrol officers, and some teachers and their families. The event is also an opportunity for the children to see the friendly side of law enforcement. Once the gifts were purchased, the children with their adult helpers went to the wrapping stations where between 15 and 20 individuals wrapped the gifts. By 11 a.m., the event drew to a close.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Chillicothe police are walking the dogs or, perhaps, the dogs walking the police.
Either way, it's all for a good cause as the cops and canines were arranged by photographer
Steffi Harvey for a picture that is featured in a 2018 calendar. The calendar, including pictures of both
Chillicothe citizens and beloved pets, are now on sale with all proceeds being donated to the Livingston County Humane Society.

Pam Fahling, of Clothes that Rock, places a decal on Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maple's patrol vehicle. All of the eight vehicles in the patrol fleet will be getting decals with the words In God We Trust. Chillicothe City Council members approved the purchase of the decals last week; however, Clothes that Rock donated the decals as well as the labor for placement on the vehicles.
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A speed limit warning trailer flashes digital readings of the speed motorists are going as they cross over the viaduct traveling north into the downtown area on Washington Street (Highway 65). The speed limit is posted at 25 mph just south of the viaduct. The portable trailer, provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will be moved to various locations in town alert motorists of their excessive speed and remind them to slow down.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley 12 05 17
Jon C. Maples, a five-year veteran of the Chillicothe Police Department, was named department chief following a 4-0 vote during an executive meeting of the Chillicothe City Council Thursday afternoon, November 2, 2017. He was sworn into the office Monday evening, November 13, during the regular meeting of the Chillicothe City Council. Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney officially commissioned Maples to discharge the duties of police chief, and City Administrator Darin Chappell presented Maples with the police chief badge. Maple's wife, Katie, pinned the badge on her husband's uniform while their 2 1/2-year-old son, Logan, is also on hand.

Maples, 29, is a 2006 Chillicothe High School graduate and has been serving as a Chillicothe police detective since 2014. He received his associate degree in criminal justice from North Central Missouri College and then graduated from the Missouri Western Law Enforcement Academy in 2008. Upon graduation, he was hired as a Livingston County Sheriff's deputy and then joined the Chillicothe Police Department as a patrolman in 2012. Maples was promoted to detective in 2014.

Maples plans to begin hosting a regular Coffee with a Cop event to give the public a chance to meet the officers. The Chillicothe Police Department has 17 sworn officers (including the chief), seven dispatchers, an office manager, and a secretary. Rick Sampsel had been serving as interim chief since the retirement of Rick Knouse in September.

Chief Knouse Retiring - Rick Knouse joined the Chillicothe Police Department as a reserve officer, working part-time, in 1977 and hired as a full-time police officer in 1981. He has remained with the police department ever since but retired his badge - No. 007 - on Friday, September 29, 2017. Knouse has served as department chief since September 2000. Read full story > > 

C-T 10 02 17 - Chillicothe Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel, who has been with the Chillicothe Police Department since 1976, has been named interim police chief and will serve in that capacity until the city appoints someone to fill the vacancy left by Chief Rick Knouse.

C-T 08 29 17 - At the recent Battle of the Badges' softball event, Cub Scout pack 120 presented the Colors, Councilman Tom Douglas gave the Pledge of Allegiance and a 9-year-old sand the National Anthem. Police Chief Rick Knouse and Fire Chief Darrell Wright each gave an opening pitch for the event that raised $1,900 for the Grand River Area Family YMCA's Backpack Buddies program.

C-T Photo: Jaime Saucedo

C-T Photo: Jaime Saucedo

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, members of the Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Troopers, Chillicothe Fire Department and EMS coordinated to participate in an "Active Shooter Scenario" exercise with the help of some of the Chillicothe High School staff and students who participated as actors for realism. The procedure for the exercise was to eliminate the threat, secure the facility, and evacuate the building. The people credited with working on producing this exercise over the last few months are Jon Maples, Michael Claypole, Darrell Wright, Cindy Hanavan, Jacob Peterson and Mike Lewis. For more details, click here. >>

Excerpt from City Council Meeting June 26, 2017 - Chief Knouse presented to the Council to commission Rob Williams as a Tactical Medic creating a new position on the S.W.A.T.unit, an idea that the Chief has been considering ever since the "Active Shooter Scenario" exercise back on May 25. "When we have a high risk situation, they stand by, but I need someone right there too," said Chief Knouse about the fire department. "Even though it was just a drill, I realized I need someone here, I need someone with me." Read complete article here >>

Seat Belt and Child Restraint Enforcement March 22, 2017
On March 22, 2017, at approximately 7:15 am, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Chillicothe Police Department conducted a seatbelt and child restraint enforcement detail. The operation was set to target parents and young drivers who were not using proper vehicle restraints for themselves and/or their child passengers. This operation was conducted on Maple Street, JFK Avenue, and Tenth Street in Chillicothe, Missouri. This operation was targeted for the drivers delivering children to Field Elementary School and was conducted for approximately a 45-minute period. During this checkpoint, officers and troopers together made 8 total contacts. Of these contacts the following dispositions were attained:

  • 12 total citations

  • 3 citations for a child under the age of 16 w/o a safety belt

  • 5 citations for child under the age of 8 w/o a safety belt or safety seat

  • 2 citations for an adult w/o a safety belt (driver)

  • 1 citation for no insurance

  • 1 citation for stop sign violation

  • 7 total warnings

  • 2 warnings for a child under the age of 16 w/o a safety belt

  • 1 warning for no proof of insurance

  • 2 warnings for stop sign violation

  • 2 miscellaneous warnings

The purpose of this enforcement operation is to ensure safety of the drivers, passengers, and children of the vehicles. The Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol are working together to make the roads safer for everyone. We are proud to say the numbers of buckled up drivers and passengers are significantly higher that normal. The purpose of these enforcement areas is to get people to buckle up. Buckle up and arrive alive!

City Council Meeting 05/30/17 - The council approved increasing the starting pay for new police officers to $15.45 per hour at their regular council meeting May 30. The previous wage was $13.37 per hour for the first six months and then increasing to $15.45 per hour. The council unanimously agreed to increase the starting pay. Shortly thereafter, in executive session which followed the regular council meeting, city officials approved the hiring of three new police officers. The three new officers employed on a unanimous vote following a recommendation from the Chief of Police Rick Knouse include Whitney Murdock of Carrollton; Eric Menconi of Chillicothe, and Mathew McCurry of Brookfield. Ms. Murdock has been a sergeant with the Carrollton Police Department. Menconi is a juvenile officer in Chillicothe, and McCurry is a recent graduate of the Police Academy. McCurry began duty on Thursday, and the remaining  two new officers will start their new jobs in two weeks. The police department is now at full force of 17 officers, according to Mayor Chuck Haney.

The Chillicothe Fire Department has partnered with the Chillicothe Police Department and the local Army National Guard Unit to develop an Honor Guard Team. The Honor Guard Team will be available to present the national and local colors at events throughout the community at the request of the event organizers. Hedrick Medical Center is the sole sponsor of the team and contributed funds to purchase the uniforms and flags needed for the development of the Honor Guard Team. There are about five members from each the fire, police and National Guard who will be serving on the Honor Guard Team, with the goal that at least two will be available at all times, when needed. Persons interested in scheduling the Honor Guard Team for an event should contact the Chillicothe Fire Department at 660-646-2139. Photo: Jaime Saucedo

Sgt. Hays and officers Keller and Beemer were surprised when Y-Pals from the Grand River Area YMCA in Chillicothe brought the CPD Christmas gift bags this year. Photo: Jaime Saucedo. See more >

Brandon Johnson, formerly of Breckenridge, Missouri, has officially joined the department on 12/12/16. See more >

Honor Guard
Several members of the Chillicothe Police, Chillicothe Fire, and members of the National Guard make up the local Honor Guard. They presented flags at the "Life Flight Eagle welcome to Chillicothe" event held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Honor Guard
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City officials, Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Fire departments, officials from Life Flight Eagle and Hedrick Medical Center at St. Luke's were all on hand for the official groundbreaking of the new LifeFlight hangar to be built at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. The Chillicothe Fire Department/Chillicothe Police Department Honor Guard gave a flag presentation that was followed by invocation delivered by Fire Department Chaplin, Bill Gutshall. Mayor Chuck Haney gave an opening statement focused on the benefits of moving to Chillicothe. The Hangar project will cost around $1.1 million dollars and will include a living quarters for staff and a maintenance bay and helipad. The project is expected to be completed and operational by the summer of 2017.

December 1, 2016 - The 2017 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) has been awarded to the Chillicothe Police Department in the amount of $6,127.45. This money was obtained from a competitive grant through the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Monies received from this grant will be used to purchase equipment related to officer safety. The grant was authored by Sgt. Jeremy Stephens; Chief Richard Knouse is the grant's Project Director, and Mayor Charles Haney is the Authorizing Official.

Girl Scouts Provide Gift Baskets for Chillicothe Police Officers
11/01/16 CT
Photos Cindy Hanavan, CPD Office Manager

The Chillicothe Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2231 invited local Chillicothe Police Officers to their troop meeting to discuss Halloween safety. The girls thought so much of the officers, that in honor of their founder's birthday, Juliette Gordon Low, decided to surprise the officers with a Halloween trick or treat of their own.

The Chillicothe Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2231 delivered gift baskets to Chillicothe Police officers recently. The girls shopped, decorated, and came up with a gift basket full of note pads, pens, free food certificates, coupons, cups, air fresheners, etc.

Each officer received his or her own Halloween gift basket from the girls, as well as a large box full of coloring books, crayons, books, puzzles, and other items, to keep at the station for children in need that the officers are trying to help.

They also carved this pumpkin with the city logo as it appeared in 1837.

The girls received huge support from the Chillicothe area businesses and received more than $500 worth of goodies for the local police officers. The girls shopped, decorated, and came up with a gift basket full of note pads, pens, free food certificates, coupons, cups, air fresheners, etc. Each officer received their own Halloween gift basket from the girls, as well as a large box full of coloring books, crayons, books, puzzles, and other kids items, to keep at the station for children in need that the officers are trying to help. "These girls really look up to their local police department and wanted to give back for a change," said Troop Leader Christina Lybarger. Troop assistants are Jennifer Plummer and Jessica Konopasek.

The troop expressed appreciation to the local Chillicothe businesses that helped support the local Chillicothe police department and help make this project possible: HyVee, Sonic, Prenger's Quick Lube & LaserWash, Chillicothe Barnes & Baker, American Family Insurance-Brent Minnick, Taco Bell, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Chillicothe Ford/Lincoln, Wabash BBQ, Golden Corral, Dollar Tree (management), Chillicothe Family Pharmacy, Investor's Bank, McCoy Samples & Mattingly Dental Clinic, Citizen's Bank & Trust, McDonald's, and Woody's.

Battle of the Badges Benefits Y-Pals' Backpack Program

The second annual Battle of the Badges benefit softball game between the Chillicothe Police department and the Chillicothe Fire Department that drew a big crowd and was such a success last year was held Saturday, October 1, at the Blue Field at Danner Memorial Park beginning at 7 p.m. Admission was a contribution with all proceeds going to the Y-Pals backpack program according to co-organizers Detective Jon Maples and Police Officer Michael Smith. The Chillicothe Police Department rallied in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead over the Fire Department and then held on in the bottom half of the inning to win a wild and fun-filled contest by a score of 28-26. Nearly $1,200 was raised both at the event and from donations prior to the annual fund raiser. Admission was a freewill donation collected in the bottom of the fifth inning by Councilman Tom Douglas who passed the hat through the audience to pick up some surplus cash.

We love Chillicothe and have some of the greatest heroes around, CFD and CPD! Thank you Chillicothe. A special guest threw the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the evening activities. Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber attended the event and threw out the first pitch and donated all proceeds from photos and autographs. Refreshments were available. Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard was the official umpire behind the plate and Scott Mumper worked the bases. The Boy Scouts presented the Colors and carried the American flag to the field. Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas lead the pledge to the flag, and the national anthem was played. Mayor Chuck Haney served as the public address announcer. In last year's battle and fun before a full house, the fire department pulled off a 26-22 victory. Attendees were encouraged to bring the entire family and enjoy the evening and help support the Grand River Area Family YMCA backpack program.

City Hires 2 Police Officers

Two police officers have been employed by the city council following recommendation from the Chief of Police Rick Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland at the council's regular meeting Monday evening, August 29, 2016. Chief Knouse said that Jon C. Maples was returning to his former position of Detective after a short stay as chief of police of the Hamilton Police Department. Maples will begin work here on September 12, 2016. The second officer employed is Jeremiah Grider of Cameron, Missouri. Grider has been with the Excelsior Springs police department where he was Narcotics Officer and a member of the Clay County Drug Task Force. He formerly was a Military Police Officer with the U. S. Army and with the Cameron Police Department. He will begin work September 12, 2016. Knouse said the hiring of the two officers will bring the department within one of capacity. The two officers were hired by the city council on unanimous votes.

Blue Ribbons Tied Downtown Show Support for Law Enforcement
July 25, 2016

A local nonprofit organization, "The Tornadoes" tied blue ribbons throughout downtown to show their support for law enforcement. The Tornadoes is a group consisting of 11 members and their goal is to help others in the community by supporting some great causes such as domestic violence awareness, breast cancer awareness and autism awareness. They also help build, strengthen and encourage other nonprofit organizations. according to member, Cindy Cairns. Hanging the blue ribbons was an event the Tornadoes called, "Turning the Town Blue." Cairns said the group got together a few different nights to hang ribbons throughout the town's parks and and then decided to invite the public to the Silver Moon Plaza to help decorate the downtown area. Local law enforcement officers from the highway patrol, city police and sheriff's office were present. "We are sisters not by blood but by heart, we are a force to be reckoned with. We come together like a strong storm to wreak havoc in our community and surrounding areas on issues such as domestic violence, hunger, and cancer," Cairns said of the group.

CPD to Receive Advanced 911 System That Allows Text, Photos, Video
April 1, 2016

The Chillicothe City Council approved the city's 2016-17 budget on Monday night. The new fiscal year begins today, Friday, April 1. Included in the budget's expenses was a new 911 system for the Chillicothe Police Department, projected to cost $45,360. According to the Chillicothe Police Department's Office Manager, Cindy Hanavan, the police department has not made a final decision on which 911 system to purchase yet but the search has been narrowed down to two options. Hanavan said the options are night and day differences, but the department is leaning toward the less costly of the two. According to Hanavan, the equipment the department currently has is about eight to ten years old and was given to them used by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. Hanavan said the age of the equipment is a concern for the department because computers and systems that are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year wear out quickly. If the system does quit, calls will roll over to the Trenton Police Department as back up. The system the CPD currently has shows land line phone numbers and pulls the location of the caller up on a map; however, the system only sometimes shows a cell phone number and location. The current system also allows deaf persons to type to the police, but doesn't allow text messages. A new system that will be able to show both number and location for land lines and cell phones, and will allow one to text, send video and photos to 911 would be very useful for the police, according to Hanavan. She said a system allowing one to text and send video and photos would greatly benefit the department and victims. For example, if one had an intruder in his home and he was hiding, he could quietly text the police department instead of risking a call. Videos and photos would allow citizens the ability to take photos or video of a crime being committed and send it to the police department as evidence. "We will do our best to choose the right program to benefit both the department and the citizens of Chillicothe."

Police In Action hosted Basketball with the COPS at the Grand River YMCA March 19th.
Snacks were provided. There were prizes during this event and it was **FREE**.

On January 11, 2016, the CPD granted a birthday wish through through their ride-along program.
Noah Easley rode for part of the day shift conducting a few traffic stops and touring the Police Department.
Noah also received a CPD lanyard and drawstring back pack. After also riding with the night shift, Noah
said it was his best birthday ever. The officers were reminded why they do what they do - for the community.

51 Local Children Receive Christmas Gifts Through Shop With a Cop Event
December 21, 2015

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt
Thirteen police officers, including detective Jon Maples (pictured above),
assisted the children in their shopping adventure on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

The Chillicothe Kiwanis Club hosted its annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday at Wal-Mart. Through a fundraiser hosted by the Chillicothe Elks Lodge and grants from Wal-Mart, the Kiwanis Club was able to take 51 underprivileged children Christmas shopping. The number of children involved in the event almost doubled from last year's total of 26. The Shop with a Cop event was created about 15 years ago to help local, underprivileged children and their families have a good Christmas, according to Kiwanis member, Alice Swartz. Shop with a Cop allows children to buy gifts for themselves (and their family) that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Because children are able to purchase these gifts, they can wake up excited Christmas morning. The children involved with Shop with a Cop were from Livingston County, the majority being from Dewey Elementary, Field Elementary and Central Elementary schools. These children are selected by school staff, and are students who would benefit from this event the most. Every year, Kiwanis informs the schools on how many students they can help and school staff picks the students and makes phone calls to parents. At the event there were 13 officers from the Chillicothe Police Department and their families, 15 Kiwanis members and their families and eight Wal-Mart employees who assisted the children in their shopping adventure around Wal-Mart. Officers, Kiwanis members and Wal-Mart employees helped children shop for the items on the their Christmas list that was prepared prior to the event, and made sure children didn't over or under spend, as each child is given a certain amount to spend. After the gifts were purchased, they were wrapped. The gift wrapping supplies were provided by Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart employees wrapped the gifts. Wal-Mart also made sure Santa made an appearance at the event and supplied refreshments. The Shop with a Cop event can be humbling to witness, as these children who don't generally have a lot, shop for not only themselves but their families, too. "The children buy for everyone in their family," Swartz said. "A lot of children will not even buy for themselves, because they want everyone in their family to have something to open Christmas morning. But, we try to get them to buy something for themselves too," Swartz said. Though Kiwanis is the organizer of the event, Swartz said they wouldn't be able to do it without everyone who was involved.

On December 3, 2015, the City of Chillicothe held an awards luncheon for the City of Chillicothe Employees.
Detective Jon Maples was recognized as a City of Chillicothe Employee of the Year Nominee.
Detective Maples received the second place award for Employee of the Year representing the Chillicothe Police Department.
Employees of the Chillicothe Police Department were recognized and awards presented for years of service.
Sergeant Curtis Hays was recognized for 5 years of service, and Officer Lena Turpin and Communications Dispatcher Wanda Urton
were both recognized for 10 years of service. We would like to commend these individuals for their service.

City of Chillicothe Battle of the Badges
August 10, 2015

If one were to drive by Danner Park Friday night, August 7, 2015, he or she might have thought a major emergency situation was occurring with all the emergency vehicles filling the park's parking lot. However, Friday night was the first annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser event where the Chillicothe Police Department played against the Chillicothe Fire Department in a slow pitch softball tournament to raise money for the Grand River Area Family YMCA Backpack Buddies program. Backpack Buddies is a program that, in partnership with Second Harvest Community Food Bank and Grand River Vocational Technical School, provides easy-to-serve breakfasts, lunches and snacks to more than 100 needy children each weekend during the school year, including extended breaks. These meals are sent home with children on Friday afternoons after school in backpacks.

The Battle of the Badges fundraiser raised over $1,300 for the program Friday night according to Chillicothe Police Department Detective, Johnny Maples. The $1,300 raised was from free-will donations provided by the supporters that packed the bleachers and the nearly 30 players that battled it out on the field Friday night. "This event was a good way for departments to come together and raise money for a program that needed it, and it was another way to show the community that we care," Det. Maples said. Both Fire Chief Darrell Wright and Police Chief Rick Knouse thought the event went over very well with the public. Chief Knouse said he was overwhelmed by how many people came out to support the departments and the Backpack Buddies on Friday. On the field there was a lot of high-fiving and encouragement from one department to another. "Friendly competition" would be the perfect way to describe the game. Ultimately, the fire department won the game by 9 runs with the final score being 30-21; however, both teams were winners as they were able to provide hundreds of children with food.

C-T Photos / Brittany Tutt

Council Hires New Police Officer; Force Now at 16
August 12, 2015
The City of Chillicothe has added another police officer to its force which now is at 16 members. Following a unanimous vote by City Council members in executive session Monday evening, August 10, 2015, Keaton Codell Foster is the latest to join the department that is now at its maximum level. The 26-year-old Sedalia, Missouri, man is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Academy and formerly a member of the Rock Port, Missouri, police department. His hometown is Sedalia, and he will be moving soon to Chillicothe. Police Chief Rick Knouse said that Foster will be joining the department next week for his initial training. Both Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland recommended Foster for employment as an officer.

Two youngsters were treated to a private tour of the Chillicothe Police Station (by Detective Jon Maples) and the fire station on Thursday, escorted by Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney (right). The two children are involved with the Y-PALS program administered through the Grand River Area Family YMCA. During the day, children rode in a police vehicle and a fire truck, ate lunch at a local restaurant, and went shopping. Currently, there are 20 youth involved in the Y-PALS program.

Police Gather Input About Troubled Traffic Areas After Facebook Posting
By Brittany Tutt
June 19, 2015

CAPTION: The Chillicothe Police Department as been making efforts to get feedback from the public on areas in Chillicothe that people feel are dangerous and need to be patrolled more frequently. Pictured above is Chillicothe Police Department Detective Johnny Maples patrolling the intersection of Dickinson and Third Street where many children play outside and ride their bikes.

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Chillicothe Police Department is using social media to help improve traffic safety by asking the public to identify areas where they'd like to see greater enforcement. The department posted on their Facebook page the morning of June 9 requesting feedback from the public in reference to traffic complaints and violations in high traffic areas. The post read: "If you notice specific locations near you or your neighborhood where you would like traffic enforcement conducted in efforts to make the streets of Chillicothe safer please post here, message us or contact the police department...". The post received more than 30 comments from concerned citizens, and according to Chillicothe Police Detective, Johnny Maples, the police department also received several calls as a result of the post. Maples said the police department decided to post this on its Facebook page in order to give the public the opportunity to voice their opinions and extend to people the opportunity to give their input on the topic. Maples said public input is important because it helps officers better protect the city by enforcing the law in areas in which citizens feel are most dangerous. "Our main job is to keep the streets of Chillicothe safe, and the best way to do that is through public feedback," Maples said. Upon reviewing the comments received, the police department determined that the top five most complained about areas in Chillicothe were: Third Street from Washington to Grandview, Dickinson Avenue from Bryan to Third, Hickory Street from Third to Cowgill, Fair Street from Bryan to Dorney Drive and Chillicothe park areas. Maples said the police department already knew a few of these areas to be dangerous, high traffic areas, and tended to catch motorists speeding in said areas. However, he said comments from the public opened up their eyes to how dangerous other areas were getting. Maples said the police department is not staffed in a way that allows them to put an officer at every school during pick up and drop off time to control traffic. However, he said officers do try to patrol school zone areas and usually catch several people speeding or not obeying traffic signs. He said the police department patrols Polk Street heavily during school hours because Polk runs by the middle school, Dewey and Field Elementary School. Maples said that road's speed limit drops down to 20 mph when school is in session, and officers ticket a lot of people not obeying that rule. Maples also said that since the police department has received comments from the public, stops in the areas complained about have increased significantly. Most of the stops have been due to speeding and stop sign violations. This is the first time the police department has asked for the public's input; however, Maples said it was a success, and the department plans on doing it more often. Maples said the police department is trying to become more, "public friendly," and this was a good step in achieving that.

Miller Hired as Chillicothe's New Police Officer
April 1, 2015

Joshua Miller, 26, will begin his training and official duties as a Chillicothe Police Department Officer on April 14, 2015. Miller was employed following a 4-0 vote (Councilman Tom Douglas had an excused absence) by the city council in an executive session following Monday night's regular meeting. Miller was recommended for employment by Chief of Police Rick Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland. Miller is currently employed by the City of Trenton Police Department; and, following his two-week notice, will begin work with the Chillicothe department. He has past law enforcement experience as an officer with the Emporia, Kansas, Police Department and was a campus officer at Missouri Southern University when the tornado struck Joplin several years ago, and he did work security and clean-up following the tornado. The new Chillicothe officer was in the U.S. Army and has been with the Trenton department for the past 1 1/2 years where he also served as a DARE Officer. The Chillicothe department is still short one officer and will continue to advertise and interview possible candidates.

Special News Release
On Monday, March 23rd, 2015, officers of the Chillicothe Police Department began an investigation of enticement of a child, which occurred in multiple jurisdictions including Chillicothe. The investigation began when a mother of an 11-year-old female discovered that her daughter was using an electronic device talking to a 41 year old male out of South Dakota via social media. The Chillicothe Police Department is working closely with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team on this investigation along with authorities in South Dakota. We are in the process of obtaining the necessary information so that we can forward the investigation to authorities in South Dakota. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

The Chillicothe Police Department wants to make you aware of this type of incident and give a few tips on controlling incidents similar to this one. Children use a variety of online services, and each of these services can have different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips which you can employ no matter how your children use the Internet.

  • Keep the computer/electronic in a high-traffic area of your home.
  • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.
  • Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices and laptops.
  • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.
  • Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.
  • Continually talk with your children about online safety and monitor the electronics regularly.

Certificate of Valor
February 23, 2015

Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse (left) and Mayor Chuck Haney (right) look on as City Administrator Ike Holland (back)
reads a Certificate of Valor recognizing police officer Jacob Peterson for going beyond the call of duty to help rescue
individuals who were trapped in a burning apartment building last week.

The City of Chillicothe honored Peterson
Monday evening, February 23, 2015, during a regular council meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Peterson was among the first people to arrive on the scene, and he entered the smoke-filled apartment building at 19 Webster Street.


Public Assistance Request - Update February 13, 2015 (Detective Jon Maples)

On January 27, 2015, the Chillicothe Police Department requested the public's assistance (see below) in reference to an alleged burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Parkview Circle in Chillicothe, Missouri. We want to advise the citizens of Chillicothe a Livingston County arrest warrant has been issued after further investigation, for 36-year-old Terry Walter Andruszczak of Bonner Springs, KS for Burglary 1st Degree and Stealing with a bond of $100,000.00 cash only. Mr. Andruszczak is currently wanted for questioning for burglary and stealing in multiple jurisdictions in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. It is believed that Mr. Andruszczak is operating a 2008 charcoal gray BMW with Kansas registration.

Our advice to the citizens of Chillicothe is to be vigilant and watch your surroundings. If you see anything to be out of the norm or suspicious please don't hesitate to contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121, or if you know the whereabouts of Mr. Andruszczak or have observed this vehicle in the area.

01/28/2015: The Chillicothe Police Department and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department are working a joint investigation in regard to a burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Parkview Circle in Chillicothe, Missouri, on January 27, 2015 in the early afternoon hours. Neighbors observed a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with sandy blonde hair wearing a gray shirt and khaki colored slacks at the residence. Neighbors reported that the male was operating a newer charcoal gray in color vehicle believed to be a BMW with tinted windows and black rimmed wheels. If you have any information in regard to this investigation, please contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121or the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at 660-646-0515. Any and all tips are appreciated.

Shop with a Cop - CT 12/26/14
Kiwanis was awarded a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart to distribute to 26 kids as part of their Shop with a Cop event.
This event was started about 14 years ago to "provide gifts for children and their families that they otherwise wouldn't
have necessarily been able to have," according to Kiwanis member, Alice Swartz.

Traffic Safety Concerns Are Addressed
October 15, 2014

On October 6, 2014 the Chillicothe Police Department posed a question to the citizens on CPD's Facebook page requesting CPD be notified of traffic safety concerns that were had and the response was great! The first list of locations are as follows: Bryan Street West of Washington for speeding and illegal ATVs; 1st and Walnut for stop sign violations; 1st and Hickory for stop sign violations; Jackson and Vine for stop sign violations; Fairway and Country Club Drive for congestion and careless driving The CPD officers will be frequenting these areas to monitor these as well as other violations. If you have a traffic concern, please feel free to contact CPD on the Chillicothe Police Department Facebook page or call directly to the Police Department at 660 646 2121.

Chillicothe Police Awarded Grants
10/01/2014, Lieutenant Scott Chubick

On 09/29/2014, the Chillicothe Police Department was awarded a grant totaling $6775.00 from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA). MIRMA representative Jeff Arp presented the award at the city council meeting to Mayor Haney, who then presented Lieutenant Chubick. MIRMA, who is the entity that ensures the City of Chillicothe awarded the grant to the Police Department to purchase updated body cameras for the officers, and for a new in car dash camera. Your Chillicothe Police officers have been wearing body cameras while on duty for approximately four (4) years; however, the current cameras are outdated.

The Police Department was also recently awarded grants totaling $12,000.33 from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Approximately $3,000 of these funds will go to the purchase of a new speed detection radar for a patrol car and remaining funds are for traffic enforcement overtime. These grant funds will allow for additional traffic safety enforcement within the city limits of Chillicothe. These funds became available for use on 10/01/2014.

C-T Photo Brittany Tutt 08/14/14
The CPD's new dispatch console totaled nearly $30,000 in upgrades.
These upgrades included channels for the MOSWIN system programmed
into it and ready to be implemented, a security monitor, and a bullet proof glass window.

On 04/11/2014, the Chillicothe Police Department, along with the Chillicothe Fire Department,
Hedrick Medical Center, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department
assisted with a Mock Accident hosted by Skills USA and the Grand River Technical School.
The event concentrated on the ill effects of drinking and driving. Officers utilized fatal vision goggles
to demonstrate how alcohol affects your body while attempting to operate a motor vehicle.
Detective Maples stated "I used the fatal vision goggles while students drove an obstacle
course with a golf cart. The kids had fun and learned they can't drive drunk."
The Police Department was proud to be a part of this worth while event.

March 11, 2014

Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse introduced to council members officers who were either new to the department or promoted within the department during the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night, March 10, 2014, at City Hall.

New officers are Jordan Webb and Michael Smith, who both began service with the Chillicothe Police Department on March 3. Webb, formerly of Mountain Grove, Missouri, is a December 2013 graduate of a police academy. Smith, formerly of Chillicothe, most recently worked for the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department. He also had worked for the Unionville Police Department.

Knouse introduced Johnny Maples, who had been a patrolman with the department for a couple of years and was promoted to detective, and Jeremy Stephens, who had been a patrolman with the department for six years and was promoted to sergeant.

Employee of the Year Named and Service Awards Issued
December, 2013

The City of Chillicothe awarded Cindy Hanavan as the "Employee of the Year" at its annual Employee Party on December 6, 2013. Hanavan has over 25 years of service with the City Police Department and currently serves as the 911 Dispatch and Officer Manager.

City Administrator Ike Holland stated that her dedication and professionalism is "Second to None". He stated that her performance this year merits this award and without her, the transition of the 911 system from the County to the City would not have happened in a seamless manner. "Cindy sets the example for others to follow and I really appreciate her positive attitude," said City Administrator Holland.

The City Administration also took pride in recognizing those that have dedicated years of quality service to the City. Those CPD employees receiving years of service awards were:

5 Years - Jeff Herman, Robert Heldenbrand, Jeremy Stephens
25 Years - Cindy Hanavan, Police Department


On 09-30-2013, the 2013 Highway Safety traffic grant period ended for the State of Missouri. From the date of 10-01-2012 until 10/03/13, the Chillicothe Police Department was allocated $3,000 to spend on traffic related overtime with an emphasis on DWI enforcement using funds received from this grant.

As a department, we utilized $2,723, or 91% of the funds that were available to us. 100% of those funds were dispersed as payroll in the form of overtime wages, which converted into approximately 187 man hours on the streets that resulted in the issuance of 212 traffic citations and multiple arrests.

In addition to the DWI grant above, our agency participated in 10 different state wide traffic mobilizations. These mobilizations included "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" traffic safety campaigns. During said functions, we received $2,800 in grant money ear marked for traffic related overtime. We utilized $2,145.67, or 77% of the funds available to us. These funds attributed to approximately 100.3 man hours dedicated to specifically patrolling the streets for the purpose of traffic enforcement that resulted in 1037 traffic stops and approximately 399 traffic citations and multiple arrests.

In short, from the timeframe extending from 10-01-2012 to 09-30-2013; the Chillicothe Police Department utilized $4,868.67 in grant funding that required a 0% match by the City of Chillicothe. 100% of those funds were dispersed as payroll for the enforcement of traffic safety allowing us to provide approximately 287.3 man hours of additional coverage with the issuance of approximately 586 citations at virtually no cost to our citizens.

For the 2014 fiscal year, the Chillicothe Police Department will have $5,000 dollars allocated to us for traffic safety with an emphasis on Occupant Protection and Hazardous Driving. We have planned enforcement operations over the future period and will continue to use these funds in a productive manner to promote safety for the citizens of Chillicothe.

Captain Tony Kirkendoll

CPD Receives Grant
09 30 13

The Chillicothe Police Department will be awarded with a Risk Grant from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. The grant will be used to cover cover the cost of items that reduce liability exposures. MIRMA Loss Control Specialist Jeff Arp will present the award. "It's basically a grant for safety issues," City Administrator Ike Holland said. "We use it for everything from protective bulletproof vests, accessories we might need for communications equipment, safety cones, and any type of lights that might be used in emergencies."

Captain Tony Kirkendoll

On Tuesday 09/24/2013 the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a Seatbelt Compliance Enforcement operation at the area around the Central School in Chillicothe. The operation began at approximately 7:15am and ended at approximately 8:00am.

The traffic detail on 09/24/2013 at Central School resulted in 8 vehicle contacts - 3 warnings were issued; 10 citations were written for the following: 4 child restraint, 4 adult seat belt, 1 child under 16 seatbelt, 1 stop sign.

The Chillicothe Police Department greatly appreciates the assistance from the Highway Patrol in this matter. As a result of these safety checkpoints around the school zones, we are already seeing that our compliance ratio has increased and our number of violations have decreased. The purpose of these operations is to increase safety for the drivers and occupants of the vehicles. Arrive alive!! Buckle up!

Special News Release

The Chillicothe Police Department received grant funding for traffic enforcement to be conducted on the streets and highways of Chillicothe Missouri. The grant money was received through a joint effort with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Public safety.

The goal of this money was to be used for officers to conduct extra traffic enforcement in areas of Chillicothe where we primarily have the most traffic accidents. The goal was to promote safer driving and reduce the number of accidents where bad driving habits are a key factor in the crashes. These efforts by the Chillicothe Police Department were intended to make it safer for motorist and pedestrians in Chillicothe. The majority of traffic crashes that occur in Chillicothe are during Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm.

On Wednesday, 09/18/2013, and Thursday, 09/19/2013, Chillicothe Police officers concentrated their efforts and conducted a traffic enforcement effort on these days between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm.

During these two days, officers conducted 76 vehicle stops and 40 traffic citations were issued for violations including speeding, no proof of insurance, improper window tint, and faulty equipment and seat belt violations. There were also 39 warnings issued.

It is the goal of the Chillicothe Police to promote safe driving and a safer community.

Captain Tony Kirkendoll

RESULTS: On 09/18/2013, the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a seat belt and child restraint compliance check point near the Dewey School in Chillicothe, MO before school; and a traffic saturation near the Chillicothe High School after classes were dismissed.

The following violations were detected:

Speeding 2
Adult Seat Belt 9
Child Restraint 8
No Insurance 7
No Drivers license 1
Fail to Stop for Red Light 1
Vehicle Registration 2

A total of 22 warnings were issued as well.

Please ensure that you and your loved ones are properly secured in suitable safety restraints at all times while your vehicle is in motion. The CPD and the MSHP will continue to conduct these operations periodically to ensure the safety of Chillicothe's citizens.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Athletes, officers and supporters joined forces for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

C- T Photo / Austin Buckner

Athletes, officers and supporters joined forces for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wednesday morning May 29, 2013. Started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon, the goal of the LETR is to increase awareness about the games. The 2013 Special Olympics Missouri Summer Games are scheduled for Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Capt. Tony Kirkendol
Grant Funding Received for Chillicothe Police/ Livingston County Sheriffs / Chillicothe Fire
DATE: 06/06/2013

The Chillicothe Police Department recently authored a grant to the State of Missouri, MOSCAP (Missouri Statewide Communication Assistance Program) to ask for financial assistance for gaining access to the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network. The Grant was written to benefit all of the emergency responder entities for Livingston County.

The grant was written by Capt Tony Kirkendoll with input from the Chillicothe Emergency Services Director Darrell Wright and Chief Deputy Michael Claypole for the Livingston County Sheriffs Department.

Capt Kirkendoll was recently notified that the grant application has received $12,600.00 to allow for 14 radios to be upgraded to operate on the state-wide communications network.

This is an excellent foundation for the future plans for the Livingston County Radio Communications network. These funds will allow the Livingston County Sheriffs Office and a portion of the Chillicothe Emergency Services to be able to begin communicating on the State wide Communication digital radio network when the upgrades are installed. These upgrades will have an immediate and needed impact and greatly increase radio communications between emergency personnel and Chillicothe 911 dispatch.

These funds are a zero match requirement and will cost the citizens of Livingston County nothing.

The capability to communicate across jurisdictional and discipline lines (interoperability of communications) is one of the top priorities of Missouri's homeland security program. Ensuring that neighboring jurisdictions and multiple disciplines can communicate with each other leads to better emergency and disaster response and ultimately makes for safer communities.

Missouri has built a statewide public safety interoperable communications system, known as the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN). MOSWIN is a network of communications towers, base stations and communications software. The project is providing the infrastructure that will provide interoperable communications throughout the state to both state public safety agencies and any local jurisdictions that wish to use the system for their interoperable communications. The system meets a Federal Communications Commission mandate that all public safety agencies in the U.S. operate only in a "narrowband" mode after Jan. 1, 2013.

The Statewide Interoperability Network serves two primary functions:

  • Providing internal communications capabilities for state agencies, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Department of Natural Resources and State Emergency Management Agency.

  • Providing a statewide interoperability platform and access for local agencies to achieve interoperable communications with local, state, regional and federal agencies.

Keeping up with today's technology is important and crucial for public safety officers. We feel that by utilizing grant funding when it becomes available, we can update our communications network and keep the out of pocket cost to a minimum for the citizens of Livingston County.

Captain Tony Kirkendoll
DATE: 06/05/2013

On 05/31/13, at approximately 19:22 hrs, Chillicothe Police officers were dispatched to a hold-up alarm at Advance America Cash Advance located at 518 S Washington Street in Chillicothe Missouri.

Upon officer's arrival at the location, it was reported that a 6'5" 250 lb Hispanic male had entered the business and forced the female employee into the back room and then stole approximately $5000.00 in cash and approximately $1200.00 in gold jewelry. The suspect had reportedly fled out the front of the store on foot.

Chillicothe Police officers conducted the investigation into the reported robbery and have concluded the investigation on 06/04/2013 by arresting store employee, Athena Rose Chandler, for her involvement in the fabrication of the robbery to steal the money from the business.

The investigation revealed the robbery was a planned hoax for the money and jewelry to be stolen from the store while she was working. Then as a cover up, a past boyfriend of Ms. Chandler's came into the store and acted out the robbery so that it could be seen on the video surveillance camera.

A portion of the money and jewelry have been recovered; and the other person involved is being sought at this time.

CPD Investigating Counterfeit Money in Chillicothe
March 27 2012

The Chillicothe Police Department is currently investigating possible monetary counterfeiting at several businesses in the Chillicothe community. Officers with the Chillicothe Police Department were dispatched to a business in the 200 block of North Washington Street in reference to a counterfeit bill on Monday. Further investigation by the C-T into the matter revealed the business to be Seventh Heaven Gas Station and Convenience Store, and the reason for the visit to be a video surveillance tape viewing. According to Chillicothe police, the incident remains under investigation.

Officers have recently taken multiple reports of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses in the community. The other known business that has been targeted by counterfeiters is the Casey's Gas and Convenience Store on Elm Street. The suspect bills have been of both large and small denominations, the CPD reports.

Cashiers and store owners are advised to be on the lookout for bills that appear or feel fake in nature. Anyone with information on the matter is urged to contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.

Chillicothe Police Station, Fire Dept. Hold New Siren Training
03 07 12 by Drew Van Dyke, C-T Writer

C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke

CAPTION: Dave Cates (middle, pointing to computer screen), a service manager with Blue Valley Public Safety, met with persons at the Chillicothe Police Department and (above) the Chillicothe Fire Department on Tuesday discussing the city's new storm siren warning system and answering questions. The city has 11 sirens. The system can warn citizens, as well as play the national anthem. It also shows when sirens may be defective, or offline, and in need of repair.

Two informative personnel meetings regarding Chillicothe's new storm siren system took place at the Chillicothe Police Department and Chillicothe Fire Department buildings before noon on Tuesday. The training sessions brought together multiple officers, firefighters, and EMS workers in the Chillicothe area. Blue Valley Public Safety service manager Dave Cates spoke with both of the departments, guided them through the systems, and answered questions along the way.

The city now has 11 warning sirens at the following locations: 500 West Mohawk (Green Hills Golf Course), Simpson Park (near the Aquatics Center), 1862 Litton Road (Danner Park), Belair Drive (in the Christensen Addition), at the intersection of Grandview and Webster, atop Chillicothe City Hall, near the intersection of Missouri and Bridge, at the intersection of Mack and Linn (Shaffer Park), Graves Street (Walmart), at the intersection of Industrial and McCormick, and at the intersection of Willow Avenue and Birch Drive (Lowes Acres). The sirens they replaced were from the 1950s and 1960s.

At the training sessions, Cates pointed out the features of the new system, including the playing of the national anthem at the three major ballparks in town, the duration of the system's vocal warnings (only set for one round of repetition), and the siren sounds and durations. Sirens with the BVPS system are set on a three-minute loop. After three minutes, the system must be reactivated again, if a siren longer than that timeframe is needed or wanted. The sirens may be engaged via key-box or computer monitor.

Starting the sirens is a three-step process. Persons at the station must first turn a key to the "on" position, then select the corresponding siren button they wish to use (options include: all sirens - tornado, monthly testing, and growl test; electronic park sirens - severe weather, lightning, thunderstorm approaching, thunderstorm warning, National Anthem Simpson Park, National Anthem Danner Park, and National Anthem Shaffer Park; and electronic sirens - tornado watch, tornado warning, HazMat Simpson Park, HazMat Danner Park, HazMat Shaffer Park, HazMat Walmart, and HazMat Industrial Park). He or she must then also press a "send" button, to avoid accidental siren alerts.

Computer monitors within the stations track the condition of the 11 siren entities. Each siren is marked within the computer on a map of the city of Chillicothe, with a green dot on their specific location. When the dot turns red, it means that there is a problem with the siren. When the dot turns pink, the siren is not connected to the system. The computers keep logs of each of these changes and alerts, and must always be connected to the siren system, even if it is minimized on the screen, Cates said.

Police Operation Nets Traffic 25 Stops
March 19, 2012 CT

The Chillicothe Police Department conducted a series of traffic enforcement saturations on Saturday as a part of a statewide drunk driving crackdown. Officers made 25 traffic stops, issued 15 citations, and issued 27 written warnings for various traffic violations, according to Sgt. Scott Chubick. Officers also conducted license checkpoints at various locations. Fifteen contacts were made during that time, and 2 felony arrests were made. Those arrests led to the seizure of one pound of marijuana.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off the road and make Missouri roads safer. The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. Visit the website: www. for more information.

JANUARY 10, 2012 - Police, Parents Unite Against Substance Abuse

The Chillicothe Police Department is partnering with, an organization that has donated more than $5,000 worth of free home drug test kit vouchers to be shared anonymously with parents who need them. Unfortunately, "friends" often try harder to make kids who say "no" to drugs, alcohol and tobacco feel like outcasts, according to Police Capt. Tony Kirkendoll. Home testing kits have emerged that protect privacy and provide kids with a socially acceptable excuse: "My parents test me."

"For years, police have been the first to know when local kids used drugs, while their parents were often the last to know. We found a way to work together, and we can turn that around," Kirkendoll said. Employers use testing to rid the workplace of substance abuse. Schools, police, community leaders and parents can now work together to ensure safer schools and homes. Youth can use it to prove their trustworthiness to their parents, and to dissolve unwanted pressure from peers.

Private and confidential vouchers for free test kits are available at the Chillicothe Police Department, 613 Walnut Street. The voucher has instructions and an access code for the parents. The parent will then enter a web site from their home computer and order the free test kit, which will be discretely shipped to their address. Answers to frequently asked questions about home-based substance abuse testing are available at

Peer pressure to try drugs, alcohol, or tobacco doesn't end when kids say, "no," Kirkendoll said. In fact, pressure can often increase when "friends" try harder to make youths feel like outcasts when they don't go along with the crowd.

Parents can access helpful information and get testing kits for detecting drugs at no charge (limit one per family, only shipping fees apply) using electronic vouchers provided by, and by picking up a voucher at the Chillicothe Police Department.

On-going random testing continues to provide youth with the excuse they need and parents with the peace of mind they deserve.


Contact: Sergeant Scott Chubick, Patrol Supervisor

Chillicothe Police Department - Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers August 19 to September 5, 2011

The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. That's why the Chillicothe Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving August 19th through September 5th, 2011.

The Chillicothe Police Department will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road.

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," stated Chief Rick Knouse. "Our message is simple and unwavering: You Drink and Drive. You Lose."

For more information, please visit

Zero Tolerance Law

It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant portion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you're caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. "Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," stated Chief Richard Knouse. "Zero tolerance means zero chances: You Drink and Drive. You lose."

In 2010 in Missouri, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. For more information, please visit

The Chillicothe Police Department is selling 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts. According to Special Olympics Missouri (2009), "The vision of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was brought to life by Col. Ralph Biele of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He and the Missouri Police Chief's Association decided to rally all law enforcement to hold a fundraiser for Special Olympics - and the rest is sort of history. What began in 1968 as a 30-mile run is now a four-day relay covering more than 950 miles with 1,000 runners. It originates in more than 42 locations and culminates in Springfield, the site of the State Summer Games. But, it's more than a run; the Torch Run is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to raise both dollars and awareness for Special Olympics. Nearly 200 agencies and 2,500 officers work year-round in Missouri to accomplish this goal; they are some of our greatest volunteers. Col. Biele once said, 'A lot of people get involved with Special Olympics because they feel they need to give something back. I have found that I have gained and learned more from these Special Olympics athletes than I could ever give or teach them.' In 1986, the LETR raised $15,000 and in 2009 they raised $1,547,877 ranking them No. 7 in the world for funds raised. All funds raised go toward supporting Special Olympics Missouri's year-round sports training and athletic competition program for more than 15,000 athletes across the state." All proceeds collected by the Chillicothe Police Department will go toward this campaign. Short sleeve shirts cost $10 and long sleeve shirts cost $15. To purchase a 2011 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics shirt, contact Lieutenant Matt Rodriguez at the Chillicothe Police Department at 660-646-2121.

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We're involved in protecting citizens and insuring smooth traffic flow for many of the special events held in Chillicothe, Missouri. Here are some snapshots taken at the Tour of Missouri event held here September 12, 2009, and the annual Holiday Parade held November 21, 2009.

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