Police Department

Crimestoppers Officer of the Year and Clarence M. Kelley Award

For immediate release: October 15, 2015

Police Officer and Police Chief both receive prestigious awards at KC Crime Commission Event

Today, Independence Police Officer Evan Bateman, was awarded the Crimestoppers Officer of the Year Award at the Kansas City Crime Commission 66th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon. Officer Bateman, who is assigned to the Patrol Division, was awarded for his heroic actions during a dangerous encounter involving a vehicle pursuit with an armed carjacking suspect that ended in a deadly shootout in which Officer Bateman emerged uninjured.

Read the details of the incident here: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/IPD/story/4406

At the same event, Independence Police Chief Tom Dailey received the 2015 Clarence M. Kelly Award. The Clarence M. Kelley Award, named after the second Director of the F.B.I. and former Kansas City Police Chief, was created to recognize an active law enforcement administrator in metropolitan Kansas City who is an excellent administrator, proactive in their approach and dedicated to improving the criminal justice system. It is awarded to one who continues Mr. Kelley's legacy by providing exemplary performance, which is influential in raising the standards of leadership. Chief Dailey received this award for his positive impact on the effectiveness of the Independence Police Department through the implementation of the CORE process (Crime Overview Response and Evaluation), the COPS (Community Oriented Problem Solving) philosophy and the implementation of the IPD Career Criminal Unit among other initiative as well as his overall accomplished 36 year law enforcement career in the Kansas City area.

Read Chief Tom Dailey’s professional biography and career achievements toward this award here: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/IPD/story/4407