September 10, 2012
Kansas City Police Department patrol officers will conduct another all-Spanish roll call at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 11, to meet with concerned Spanish-speaking residents.
The roll call will take place at the La Flor de Chiapas Mexican Restaurant, 3253 Independence Ave. Officers want to meet with residents of the area, learn about their concerns and build relationships with the community. The officers will also discuss initiatives they’re taking into the neighborhood and share crime prevention tips.
Officers have received multiple tips at these roll calls that have helped them solve numerous crimes.
Some of the officers are native Spanish speakers, and others are graduates of the department’s Spanish Immersion Program, which puts officers through an intensive 10-week course equivalent to four semesters of college Spanish instruction.
KCPD instituted community roll calls in 2010 to get officers more in touch with the residents they serve. Hundreds of officers have now prepared for their shifts by meeting on front porches, at coffee shops, in apartment complexes and parking lots to get to know their communities.