Six northeast Johnson County cities will come together Saturday to talk about sharing resources for their public safety departments. The public is invited to attend and participate.
The six cities participating in the meeting are Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission.
Each city has been asked to send people from government, including city council members, law enforcement and concerned citizens. The discussion will focus on law enforcement services, sharing resources, cutting costs. The advantages or disadvantages of consolidation also will be on the agenda.
No decisions will be made at the meeting and none of the cities has committed to any changes. The first part of the day will be general information presentations. That will be followed by breakout smaller group sessions. The general public will be in a separate breakout session.
The point of the meeting is to look for greater collaboration in northeast Johnson County on police services. The facilitators and event coordinators include retired Roeland Park Police Chief Rex Taylor, Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom (retired Merriam police chief and director of Johnson County Regional Police Academy) and Mike Watson, a former Wichita police chief and former Riley County police department director.
Ken Sissom in Merriam is the point of contact for more information about the event. More information also can be found here.