City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Police Chief Brad Halsey announces retirement

City of Independence Police Chief Brad Halsey today announced his retirement. Chief Halsey joined the Independence Police Department in 1992 and has served in various roles throughout his 29-year career including Chief of Police for the last five years.

“Chief Halsey has served our community for nearly 30 years with honor and courage,” City Manager Zach Walker said. “We are lucky to have had his sound leadership through very challenging times for our City and at a time when the police profession has come under increased scrutiny nationwide. Chief Halsey has been a steady presence guiding the Independence Police Department through some of its proudest achievements as well as some of its darkest days when officers were either injured or killed in the line of duty. Throughout his career he has received several commendations but one of the best legacies he is leaving is the Peer Support program which will continue to help employees and their families long past his tenure with the IPD. For me, as for many, his legacy will be one of selfless compassion for the individuals who courageously serve as part of the Independence Police Department.”  

Chief Halsey was raised in Blue Springs, Mo. He attended the Kansas City Regional Police Academy in 1991 and was hired by the Independence Police Department in November 1992 as a part of the patrol division. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University and later a master’s degree from the Naval Post-Graduate School. In April of 1995, he was assigned to the Investigations unit as a detective and then was transferred to Special Operations in October of 1996, serving in the Drug Enforcement Unit.

Chief Halsey was promoted to Sergeant in July of 2000 and served in the Patrol Division until he was promoted to Captain in May of 2004. He served as Patrol commander until he transferred to Special Operations in March of 2006.

In October of 2007, Chief Halsey was promoted to Major and put in charge of the Patrol Division. In September of 2009, he was transferred to the Administrative Division until he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in March 2010. There he served as Deputy Chief over the Operations Support Bureau until April of 2013. He was then transferred to the Field Operations Bureau until he was transferred back to Operations Support in February of 2016. On June 21, 2016, he was promoted to Chief of Police for the Independence Police Department.

Chief Halsey served on the special response team, on the entry team, and as a sniper, an operator, supervisor and commander. He has worked in both Gang and Arson Investigations as well as the Fugitive Task Force with the U.S. Marshalls.

During his more than 29 years of service with the Independence Police Department, Chief Halsey has received many commendations including the Meritorious Service Award in 2002 for his assistance in the development of the Block Training Program. Several of his commendations were for his involvement in various drug investigations, meth lab discoveries and homicides. In 2005, he received the Bronze Award at the KMBC-9 Metro Sheriffs and Police Association Valor Awards.

Chief Halsey is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Missouri Police Chief’s Association, and the Metropolitan Chiefs & Sheriffs Association, among others.

Deputy Chief of Police Ken Jarnagin is now Acting Chief of Police. The City of Independence will embark on a national search to fill the Chief of Police Position.