Roeland Park joins NEJC cities seeing decrease in major crimes in 2014

Roeland Park corporals Warren Gardner (L), and Charlie Kotcher and Police Chief John Morris (R) display neighborhood watch signs.
Roeland Park corporals Warren Gardner (L), and Charlie Kotcher and Police Chief John Morris (R) display old neighborhood watch signs. The neighborhood watch was reorganized in 2014, one of the accomplishments the department listed.

As in several other northeast Johnson County cities this year, Roeland Park police crime reports for the 2014 year are showing a modest decrease year-over-year.

In the major crime categories, only assault rose this year with 81 reported compared to 58 in 2013. Six rape reports were taken in both 2014 and 2013. Only one robbery was investigated compared to eight in 2013. Vehicle theft dropped from 27 to 19, thefts from 236 to 206 and burglary from 26 to 19. The five-year comparisons also revealed the same moderation in the reporting numbers.

The department conducted three traffic blitzes in 2014 that yielded 54 tickets with 23 vehicles towed and one DUI arrest.

The department had more than 3,000 calls for service and had 5,165 officer self-initiated actions, which includes traffic stops and investigations. Officers issued 2,712 citations, filed 979 reports, made 346 arrests and investigated 151 accidents during the year.

The report, filed by Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris, also cites several individual recognitions, including that of Sgt. Randy Costlow as officer of the year in 2014 and Officer Bernard Egidy as the 2014 Mothers Against Drunk Driving award recipient.