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Eudora Chief of Police, Bill Edwards

Eudora Chief of Police, Bill Edwards

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You might not find this occasion printed on your 2015 calendar, but January 9 is a special day.  It’s National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and according to Eudora Chief of Police Bill Edwards, the citizens of Eudora have a lot to appreciate.  He beams when he talks about the nine officers who serve with him on the Eudora Police Department.  He calls their dedication to the department and to the people of the community “amazing.”

Edwards came to Eudora a little over two years ago from Park City, KS, but he has been in law enforcement all of his adult life.  His small crew of officers works very hard to protect Eudora around the clock each day.  Since Chief Edwards mainly works from the office and Officer Caleb Lewis spends his days in the school district as the School Resource Officer, that leaves eight officers to patrol the community.  They work 12-hour shifts, with two officers on each shift.

“What really makes me proud of these officers,” said Edwards, “is that nobody has a job.  Each officer handles many things.  They follow up their own calls, and often have to go to court after their shift ends with no sleep.  Larger departments have detectives, but we don’t in Eudora.  These guys do it all.  It’s amazing to me to see the level of dedication among these officers.”

Edwards is proud of all his officers, but made note of two who had received an award for saving a life.  Officer Caleb Lewis and Sargent Tom Willis got a call from school officials about a boy they were concerned about and who hadn’t come to school.  The officers searched for him, eventually finding him unconscious in a wooded area, not breathing and without a pulse.  The pair preformed CPR and called for paramedics.  The boy made a full recovery.

Another of his officers delivered a baby on K-10.  “You can tell these officers ‘good job,’ but they just say it’s part of their job,” Edwards said.  “They don’t expect any thanks.”

The department receives about 11,000 calls a year, and those calls can be anything from someone reporting a crime, a domestic dispute, a medical situation, or just people calling because they’re concerned about a dog left out in the cold or a cat in a tree.  Someone responds to every call, and often officers spend extra time with people who are distraught, giving a listening ear and some reassurance.

Edwards believes that the community has a great deal of respect for the officers.  People often come in or call asking for a specific officer, one they’ve had a previous positive experience with.  Chief Edwards encourages everyone on the police force to use their authority correctly.  He tells his officers, “You earn respect by the way you treat people, not by the uniform you wear.”

According to Edwards, “A good day for us is when people don’t notice us.  That means we’re keeping the community safe.”  He added, “My job is pretty easy.  It’s to help support my officers in the field.  They’re the ones out there helping the public every day.”

Those involved with promoting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day give these suggestions to let our dedicated police officers know on January 9 how grateful we are for their service:

  • Thank an officer
  • Wear blue to support law enforcement
  • Share positive stories about your local law enforcement on social media
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
  • Have your children write letters to officers of the law

The good thing is that you don’t have to express your gratitude for our top-notch Eudora Police Department on this very day.  We can do it any (or every) day.  Thank you, Chief Edwards and the Eudora officers, for all you do to keep our community safe.  You’re the best!

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The Eudora Police Department along with the Eudora School District have released some further information about the vandalism the occurred at Eudora District stadium on or near July 8.

The Douglas County District attorney, as announced last week, has filed charges against an 18 year and two 16 year olds.  In addition, a fourth suspect was allegedly present when the crime was committed but did not participate in actual damages.

“The crime was solved by normal investigative techniques,” said Eudora Sgt. Tom Willis. “The suspects were cooperative.”

According to Eudora School District Superintendent Don Grosdidier, the damages will be submitted to the district’s insurance company and there will be both short-term and long-term remedies for repairs.  The district is estimating the repairs will be in excess of $100,000.

“We will clean as much as possible to prepare the facility so that this doesn’t affect our fall sports schedule,” Grosdidier said. “The long-term plan is to make whatever remaining repairs are needed so that the stadium is restored to its original state.”

The district stadium will remain closed to the public while repairs are being made and security measures are evaluated. It is currently available to district students under the direct supervision of a coach.

 

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Eudora Police are investigating a case of vandalism at Eudora District Stadium late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Tom Willis of the Eudora Police Department, vandals spray painted several profanities and graphic symbols on the field turf, the concession stand and the water tower.   Eudora Police are estimating the damage at just over $25,000.

According to school district officials, the district will be working with ATG, the construction company that built the stadium last year, to assess all the damage and determine the best plan for repair.

While the assessment goes on and repairs are made, the stadium will be locked and not accessible to the public.

“This stadium is a brand new facility that our district’s taxpayers put forward for the community, with the idea that it would be open for everyone to use and enjoy,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said. “So it is deeply frustrating that the acts of a few have taken this facility away from us all.”

The Eudora Police Department is asking anyone that may have information about the vandalism to contact the Eudora Police Department at 785-542-3121.

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Sgt. Tom Willis, Eudora Police Department

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On Saturday April 30, the Eudora Police Department, in cooperation with Byrne’s Pharmacy, held a “Take Back Drugs Day” event. This event is held  in cooperation with National and State Drug Enforcement Agencies and police departments throughout the United States.

According to Sgt. Tom Willis, the Eudora Police Department collected nearly 50 lbs. of outdated medications at this event.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that teens who abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Debrah Barr of Byrne’s Pharmacy stated the Kansas DEA was so pleased with the results of the event statewide, that another event is now being planned for September.  Barr added that if there is a more immediate need of citizens to dispose of medications, you can contact Byrne’s Pharmacy to get assistance.

Once the date of the September “Take Back Drugs Day” event is announced, we will make sure to pass along that information.

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A hearing is scheduled to take place this afternoon in Douglas County District Court for Bradley Goff, 46 of Eudora.

Goff was arrested Monday evening on charges of aggravated assault and reckless driving after he allegedly used his vehicle as a weapon against a 21 year old male in the 1100 block of Main Street according to Eudora Police Spokesman Sgt. Tom Willis.

This is the second alleged altercation for Goff, as he currently faces charges in Douglas County District Court for a similar incident that occurred in the 1000 block of Chery Street on January 8. That incident involved a 55 year old male Eudora resident.

While the incident allegedly involves Goff in both situations, the victims were unrelated according to Willis.

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