City of Tonganoxie Newsletter - Fall 2019

Police Department Initiatives

The Tonganoxie Police Department prepared multiple initiatives based upon a commitment to a strong Community oriented policing philosophy.  Crime Stoppers is a metro wide program, but wasn’t being utilized anywhere in Leavenworth County. TPD now partners with them, and introduced the P3 Tip program for high school students.  Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - TPD offers an evaluation to any community members interested in the program, which includes lighting, visibility and cameras.  Nightly Door Hangers—TPD Officers working the night shift leave paper hangers on both residential and business locations, indicating that the property had been personally checked and offer an opportunity to visit about findings. Additionally, TPD introduced many Community Outreach programs, including:

 Lead to Read—Officers read to grade schoolers each week.

 MILO Simulator—thanks to Midwest Public Risk, the City’s Insurance provider, TPD was able to provide an opportunity for citizens to use a training simulator which trains Officers to react to dangerous encounters.  Lifesaver Program—an initiative that centers on at-risk individuals with cognitive conditions who tend to wander from home, which began with the Tonganoxie Business Association within the City, was expanded to a County wide program.

Fire Department Initiatives The Fire Department is committed to making Tonganoxie as safe as possible for its business owners and their customers. The department has begun its annual inspection cycle for all registered businesses in the city. Inspections, which are scored during the city’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) review, allow the department to maintain its current ISO Rating of 3; with the long-term goal of lowering it even more, thus saving everyone in the community money. The ISO Rating is used to calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out fires in that community. The more well-equipped your fire department is to put out a fire, the less likely your house is to burn down. An ISO fire insurance rating is a score from 1 to 10 that indicates how well- protected your community is by the fire department. In the ISO rating scale, a lower number is

better: 1 is the best possible rating, while a 10 means the fire department did not meet the ISO's minimum requirements.

Budget Savings

Budget Authority of $550,000 for a new Fire Pumper with a 10 year debt from Fire Equipment fund. FD purchases a new 2018 Pierce Pumper for $210,000 , after trade-in value for old pumper ($105k)

Additionally, your fire department continues to aggressively research and apply for grants to assist the community and the department. As of August 1, 2019 we have received over $61,000 in grants from various sources. We encourage everyone to stop in and see how we are working to keep our firefighters and community safer.

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