This past week, the Rolla Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team took first place in the 2013 Missouri Association of Crisis Negotiators (MACN) Crisis Negotiation competition held in Kansas City, Kan.
The event, hosted by Crisis Systems Management, provided a hostage type scenario to all competing teams simultaneously then judged each team’s response and end results throughout the exercise. The Rolla police team scored a perfect seven out of seven to win the competition.
Other teams in the competition included teams from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, Blue Springs Police Department, Missouri Department of Corrections and many others.
The Rolla Police Department’s Crisis Negotiations team was formed less than two years ago after we began to see an increase in crisis situations.
The team consists of Detective Derrick Dillon, Sgt. Wayne Rapier, Communications Supervisor Stacey Smith, Administrative Assistant Kerri Shults, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Detective George Arnold and Missouri S&T Police Officer Dan Kilgore. (Arnold and Kilgore were not available for this competition so Detective Sgt. Ken Nakanishi stepped in to assist.
In addition Rolla Fire and Rescue members Brad Woods and Chris Recker provided support assistance with the use of the City of Rolla Mobile Command Post. Congratulations to everyone involved!
The Rolla Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 20 – June 2 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations. Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled.
And even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years consistently below the national average. Missouri has a 79 percent seat belt use rate, which is well below the national average of 85 percent.
Teens and pickup truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 66 and 63 percent respectively. “Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
This next entry is from the desk of Sgt. Vince Giacolone, who is our Special Olympics – Missouri coordinator.
Vince writes: Runners, we need you for this race!
2013 LETR Region 6 Hot Foot Pursuit 5K, Run/Walk. Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Missouri Special Olympics. Event details: Course - 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) on Rolla city streets. Prizes and awards - There will be recognition for the top overall male and female. There will also be recognition for the top three men and women in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60 and over. Registration details: Mail in and online registration - $20 for the 5K walk, $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. (To be guaranteed a T-shirt, register by Friday, May 24, at 11:45 p.m.) Race day registration - $25 for the 5K walk, $30 for the 5K (an additional $5 late fee for race day registrations is added.) T-shirts for race day registrants are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register early to ensure you secure your T-shirt on race day. To register online, visit: https://www.onestoprace.com/Register/?event=20743 or contact Lt. Steve Davis at the Missouri State Highway Patrol with any questions: 573-368-2345. — Sgt. Giacolone
Page 2 of 2 - Thanks Vince. This is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event!
Have a great week.