Step Up. Speak Up.
To solve most crimes law enforcement officials need someone to talk. If witnesses remain silent -- if they don't share what they know or suspect -- the perpetrator will probably remain at large, able to victimize others.
"It's really simple: People need to get involved, if crimes are going to be solved," stated COMBAT Deputy Director Vince Ortega. "One of the biggest challenges we have in law enforcement is the lack of witness cooperation."
Sheriff's Deputy Selected 2012 Employee Of The Year
Carole "Kathy" Covey has been assigned to the Jackson County Sheriff's Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit since its inception. Over the years, the unit has undergone numerous changes.
The one constant has been Deputy Covey -- and her dogged determination to not let one offender by-pass the system.
Covey was recognized for her tireless efforts to make Jackson County safe when she was named the February 2012 Employee of the Month. Now her county colleagues who serve on the Employee Recognition Committee have bestowed upon her the honor of being Jackson County 2012 Employee of the Year.
A Cry For Help Answered
A desperate cry for help did not go unanswered.
When the boat he and his friend Gladin Harrison were fishing in capsized May 15 on Lake Jacomo, James Bowden clung to the flipped-over boat and yelled for help. He was approximately 30 yards from the shoreline, in water about 40 feet deep.
Sadly, Harrison disappeared beneath the water's surface. Authorities recovered the retired Kansas City firefighter's remains the next day. He was 85.
Four Jackson County employees and a private citizen, Joseph Groff, prevented this mishap from becoming a double tragedy. Their actions saved Bowden's life.
Run To The Wall Escort
The Jackson County Sheriff's Motorcycle Unit escorted "Run For The Wall" cyclists across Missouri on Monday, May 21 as they reached the midway point of their annual cross-country trip to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since becoming Jackson County Sheriff in 2009, Mike Sharp has had the Motorcycle Unit escort the Run For The Wall riders on their journey through the Show-Me State.
Mounted Posse Featured In Magazine Article
The Jackson County Mounted Sheriff's Posse was featured in the Spring 2012 edition of Better Horses. CLICK HERE to read the article.
Preventing Child Abuse Requires 'Us All Getting Involved'
Jeremiah... Victoria... Marcus... Tonique... Aaron... Breanna... Precious Doe... Unknown...
Dozens of pink and blue tombstones lined the steps outside the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday, April 25. Each bore the name of a little boy or girl who had died in Jackson County due to child abuse or neglect. During the annual "Day of Remembrance," the wooden markers symbolized innocent lives lost as Jackson County joined with Operation Breakthrough to urge all who can to take action to save lives through reporting suspected child abuse to proper authorities.
County Drug Task Force Honored As Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year
The very nature of the Jackson County Drug Task Force's work, which often entails risky undercover operations, means the unit's achievements might frequently be underappreciated. The need to protect the detectives' identities makes publicly acknowledging them a difficult proposition.
But if one organization can fully appreciate the arrests made and drug seizures by the task force, it's the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association (MNOA). Recently, the association bestowed one of its highest honors on the Jackson County Drug Task Force, naming it the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year.
'On Track' To Prevent Child Abuse
Representatives from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Mike Sharp, joined law enforcement officials from several local Greater Kansas City-area agencies -- from both Missouri and Kansas -- at the Kansas Speedway on April 12 to demonstrate they are united in preventing child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Easter Egg Hunt
CLICK HERE to view photos from Sheriff Mike Sharp's 2012 Easter Egg Hunt held April 2.
Don't Let Your Child' Safety Be On The Line When They're Online
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investing money that was obtained as part of a recent drug seizure in an effort to keep kids safe online. Sheriff Mike Sharp purchased 5,000 copies of ComputerCOP, which enables parents to better monitor their children's web surfing, and he's making the software available to any county resident free.
"Parents are the first line of defense in the war against online sexual predators and cyber bullies," stressed Sheriff Sharp. "This parental monitoring program gives parents the tools they need to keep their children safe."
Deputy Awarded Medal Of Valor
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 -- His training kicked in.That's how Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Carpenter explained the actions he took to help abruptly halt the high-speed, potentially deadly pursuit of a murder suspect earlier this year. "I was just in the right place at the right time," he said.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp described Carpenter's conduct as "exceptionably courageous" as he presented the deputy the Sheriff's Medal of Valor during the County Legislature's meeting Monday, September 19.
Sheriff's Office Thanked For Run For The Wall Support
JULY 8, 2011 -- Each May "Run For The Wall" motorcyclists climb aboard their bikes in California and embark on their cross-country journey to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. A part of their annual trek now includes, upon entering Missouri, picking up an escort from the Jackson County Motorcycle Unit for the trip through the Show-Me State.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Responds To Calls For Help In Joplin
MAY 25, 2011 -- Less than two and an half hours after possibly the worst tornado in Missouri history ripped through Joplin on Sunday, May 22, members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Mike Sharp, were en route to Jasper County to provide assistance.
2011 Sheriff's Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 16, 2011 -- A blanket of clouds broke apart and gave way to bright sunshine just in time for Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp's Third Annual Sheriff's Easter Egg Hunt April 16 at Parade Park in Kansas City.
Sheriff Graduates From FBI Program
DECEMBER 13, 2010 -- Two hundred sixty-five law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on Friday, December 10. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp was one of the 265 graduates.
Cracking Down On Impaired Drivers
DECEMBER 13, 2010 -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office always places a strong emphasis on getting impaired drivers off the road, so Sheriff Mike Sharp jumped at the opportunity for his deputies to participate in the You Drink & Drive - You Lose campaign conducted December 6-12. > MORE
20 DUI Arrests Made
CEMBER 11, 2010 -- Jackson County Sheriff deputies assisted the Kansas City Police Department in conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 10 through 4:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11. Twenty drunk driving arrests were made during the five-hour operation as officers stopped 314 eastbound vehicles at 3719 Independence Avenue.
Meth Lab Shut Down
DECEMBER 10, 2010 -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit joined with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Kansas City Police Department in shutting down a methamphetamine lab Friday, December 10.
Enforcement Effort Targets Sex Offenders
OCTOBER 26, 2010 -- Halloween should be filled with happy surprises for our children, and they should be able to trick or treat in a safe environment. That is why the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force on Sunday, October 31, 2010 to ensure sex offenders comply with Missouri laws restricting what offenders can do on Halloween.
12 DWI Arrests made During 'Saturation Patrols'
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 -- Cracking down on drunk driving continues to be a top priority for Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. Therefore, the Sheriff's Office eagerly joined three other members of the Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force -- the Kansas City Police Department's DUI unit, Grandview Police Department and Sugar Creek Police Department -- in conducting "saturation patrols" in the downtown area of Kansas City.
Kidnapping Suspect Arrested
AUGUST 9, 2010 -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has captured a man wanted for his alleged involvement in a kidnapping in Pettis County, Missouri.
Run For The Wall Escort Appreciated
JULY 21, 2010 -- Sheriff Mike Sharp and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were thanked for escorting riders across Missouri during the annual Run For The Wall held in May to honor veterans. The cross-country "Run" concludes each Memorial Day weekend at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Run For The Wall's mission is “to promote healing among veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action, to honor the memory of those killed in action from all wars and to support military personnel all over the world.”
57 DUI Arrests Made During 3 Sobriety Checkpoints
MAY 13, 2010 -- Drunk drivers pose such a grave risk to others and themselves, Jackson County's Sheriff Office has eagerly teamed with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol to conduct a series of sobriety checkpoints. Three recent checkpoints -- April 30, May 7 and May 8 -- resulted in 57 DUI arrests.
Click It Or Ticket: Sheriff EncourageMotorists To Buckle Up
APRIL 22, 2010 -- Seat belts save lives. Therefore, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office eagerly participated in the statewide "Click It or Ticket" mobilization effort Thursday, April 15. While the emphasis was on targeting motorists who failed to buckle up, the Jackson County deputies made 11 felony arrests as part of the crackdown.
Sheriff's Easter Egg Hunt
MARCH 27, 2010 -- A chilly rain could not keep the Easter Bunny away. The Easter Bunny was deputized to take part in Sheriff Mike Sharp's 2010 Easter Egg Hunt. The sheriff and his deputies hosted the annual public-outreach event at Parade Park in Kansas City on Saturday, March 27.
Helping Brighten The Holidays
DECMEBER 24, 2009 -- Sheriff Mike Sharp and several Jackson County deputies recently answered a call for help by going shopping. They teamed with former Major League Baseball pitcher Rick Sutcliffe to get gifts for 20 underprivileged children in need of having their holiday seasons brightened.
Drive Safely During The Holiday Season
DECEMBER 2009 -- Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp encourages motorist to "be mindful of the fact increased traffic is the norm, not the exception, as you travel Jackson County’s roadways during the holidays. Practice patience."
What to do if you are sharing the road
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Sheriff's Office Honored During Royals 'Salute To Uniform Heroes'
AUGUST 11, 2009 -- The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was honored during the Royals "Salute to Uniform Heroes" Sunday, August 9 at Kauffman Stadium. Prior to Sunday’s ballgame, Missouri State Patrol officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, local police officers, and area fire departments displayed public safety equipment for fans on the access road adjacent to parking lot J.
Missouri Governor Awards Grant
To Jackson County Drug Task Force
JULY 27, 2009 -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, during a July 27 visit to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, awarded a Justice Assistance Grant to the Jackson County Drug Task Force. “Specialized task forces that allow law enforcement officers to focus on solving drug-related crimes are a powerful tool for dealing with troubling issues like the spread of methamphetamine,” Governor Nixon said.
K-9 Unit Welcomes New 'Deputy'
JUNE 22, 2009 -- Jackson County Deputy Jeremy Glines has a new partner. His full name is quite a mouthful: Blitz Von Der Furcht Innen. Fortunately, you need not call him "Deputy Von Der Furcht Innen." Just "Blitz," will do. Blitz, a 70-pound German Shepherd, formally joined the Jackson County Sheriff's K-9 Unit May 27, when Sheriff Mike Sharp accepted the dog from the Heart of America Kennel Club during a meeting at The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
Images From Sheriff's Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 11, 2010 -- Sheriff Mike Sharp hosted an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 11, in Parade Park at Truman Road and The Paseo in Kansas City. Hundreds of local kids turned out to help Sheriff Sharp and his deputies need your help – finding thousands of eggs filled with candy!
Mike Sharp Sworn In As Jackson County Sheriff
FEBRUARY 2, 2009 -- Mike Sharp was sworn in as Jackson County Sheriff during the County Legislature's regular meeting today. He was elected to the office in November of 2008, succeeding Sheriff Tom Phillips who announced his retirement early last year. Sheriff Sharp served 26 years as a Kansas City, Missouri, police officer, but he also has a background in firefighting and has 18 years of experience as a successful business owner. He said he will call on his background in public service and management to improve the quality of life in Jackson County and for the individuals serving in the Sheriff's office.