Police Department

Officers Help With Playground Rebuild

Independence Police

223 N. Memorial Drive

Independence MO 64050

Crime Prevention Unit

816.325.7643 office


News Release

For immediate release: 10-21-14

Officers Help With Playground Rebuild

Sergeant Darrell Schmidli and Officer John Syme with the Independence Police Department volunteered to help rebuild the Bundschu Park playground that was destroyed by fire on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014. The estimated loss of playground equipment and replacement was approximately $100,000.  It is believed the fire was purposely set and the case is an ongoing investigation. The police officers worked with Independence Parks and Recreation Department personnel on Tuesday, October 21 to put up a brand new playground set.  The officers, as part of the crime prevention unit, have also been working with the Bundschu Neighborhood Council and City Council member Marcie Gragg to help resolve concerns in the area and reinvigorate Neighborhood Watch groups. If you have any information regarding this crime or the individuals involved, please call the TIPS hotline at 474-8477(TIPS) and the IPD Criminal Investigations Unit at 325-7330.