The Rolla Police Department will be hosting the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program which is a free seminar for rental property owners, managers, attorneys and security companies.

The Rolla Police Department will be hosting the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program which is a free seminar for rental property owners, managers, attorneys and security companies. This course is Phase I of the three-phase multi-faceted approach to crime prevention. It entails cooperation between law enforcement, property managers and residents.

The Crime Free Program addresses all of the opportunities of crime in rental properties. The program has been in existence since 1992 and is in over 2,200 cities in the U.S., Canada and now Australia. The Crime Free Programs have shown up to 90% reductions in crime on properties, with the average being 40-55% reductions. Participating properties also have shown decreased operating costs, lower resident turn-over and reduced exposure to premise liability lawsuits.

This course is free to anyone associated with rental property. We will cover the following topics: Crime Prevention, Screening, Rental Agreements, State Law, Premise Liability Issues, Drug Recognition, Evictions and the Role of Law Enforcement. The course will be offered Oct. 25, 2012 at The Centre, located at 1200 North Holloway, from 8:30 to 4:30. If you would like to attend please RSVP: Spo. Brad Lewis at 573-308-1213 or Fax him at 573-364-0070.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, I had the pleasure of presenting Sheriff Rick Lisenbe with a certificate of appreciation related to his support and participation in the Sept. 6 Central Missouri Tactical Officers Association training. More than 100 police officers from all over Missouri attended two days of intense training. Great communication is a key element among law enforcement agencies in order to combat crime.

The Rolla Police Department and Sheriff Lisenbe, along with Missouri State Highway Patrol and South Central Drug Task Force work hand in hand to make Phelps County a safer place. Training together helps build good working relationships between the officers and prepares us for critical incidents. Every department responds and handles situations differently so training together keeps us stay informed of what each agency brings to the table during a critical incident.

This past week I received an email from the parents of an MS&T student who were on their way to visit their son here in Rolla and just before they arrived, they suffered car trouble. The email reads as follows:

Dear Chief Kearse,

The purpose of this note is to share our appreciation for the support we received this past Friday night from the Rolla Police Department and specifically Officer Tony Lauth. We were traveling to Rolla to see our son who plays soccer at S&T when we lost an entire wheel off our 5th wheel RV outside of Vichy. Fortunately, a driver behind us saw the incident and waved us down outside Rolla. He told us that he had contacted the State Highway Patrol. We limped into Rolla and upon entering town were met by Officer Lauth. He asked what he could do to help. At that point our two most important needs were to find a place to stay for the night and find somebody to fix it.

To our amazement he had already been on the phone with local resources to find a repair shop and came up with two leads. He was also able to assure us that it would be no problem parking at Walmart overnight and through the weekend if necessary. He then followed us to Walmart and made sure we had everything we needed.

My wife and I can't express enough how much we appreciated the help Officer Lauth provided us. Obviously, it was a frustrating situation for us, but his support calmed us down and we were able to still make our son's game. When our son chose to attend S&T we knew he was going to a great school, but we didn't realize that he was also going to be in a wonderful community with great public servants. Thank you for the support provided by the police department and please let Officer Lauth know how much we appreciated his assistance.

Great job, Tony!

In closing, I would like to congratulate those employees celebrating their Rolla Police Department anniversary date this month who are Telecommunicator Matt Goss with seven years of service, Telecommunicator Alicia Hill with five years of service, Telecommunicator Jamie Jones with four years of service and Senior Patrol Officer Brad Lewis with two years of service. Congratulations and thank you for all you do.

And finally, we would like to thank members of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, St. James Police Department, Missouri S&T Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for helping us make the "Gas up for a Good Cause" fundraiser a success. We too would like to thank those of you who came out and filled up to help the cause. Have a great week!