Monday, September 26, 2016

KUMC Police announce Partnership of Trust forum, 10/26

Partnership of Trust Open Forum
Oct. 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Auditorium, Rm. G013

University broadcast email message from Chief Rick Johnson, 9/26/16:

The sole mission of the University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department is to protect the people on this campus. The recent safety concerns that have taken place near campus involving our employees and students have given us even more resolve to do everything within our power to make this campus safer.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure you, especially during this time of unrest in our nation, that our police department has always and will continue to be here to serve you. I also want to invite you to be part of a forum in October where we can have an open discussion of how to better work together and build a partnership of trust.

National statistics show that there are pre-warnings to almost every crime, but they are often unreported because people mistrust or are fearful of the police. We don’t want that to be the case on our campus. I encourage you to remember that the negative actions of a few should not reflect on an entire profession. It is my hope that you will place your trust in our department and let us know what is going on so we can be more effective in keeping everyone safe.

While I cannot speak for every police officer in the country, I can personally vouch for every man and woman on our police force. I am confident of their dedication, integrity, character and ability. Every officer undergoes an extensive background check and psychological and drug testing before they are hired. Every officer receives regular racial bias training as well as critical incident and active shooter training. Our department is one of only seven Kansas law enforcement agencies and the only university police department to receive accreditation by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies).

We can’t build a partnership of trust based on this message alone so the police department will host a Partnership of Trust forum Oct. 26. All employees and students are invited to take part in honest and constructive dialogue on how we can work together – including your expectations of us and our expectations of you. More information on the forum will be provided. In the meantime, if you have suggestions on ways we can build trust together, I welcome feedback and questions here.

Additionally, since it’s easier to trust those with whom you have a connection, we want you to get to know us better. Beginning this week, we will begin highlighting a few of our good men and women who are sworn to serve and protect you. I hope by introducing you to our team and continuing to have constructive conversations, we can develop a trusting relationship and together build a safer community for all.

Rick Johnson

Chief of Police