Friday, August 26, 2022

Raymore Police Chief Jan Zimmerman Retires

After a decade of service to the residents of Raymore, Police Chief Jan Zimmerman retires today.

"It’s truly been my pleasure serving alongside the men and women of the Raymore Police Department," Zimmerman said. "They have a level of concern for this community and its citizens that makes me proud to have been a part of this organization for the past 10 years."

Zimmerman started her law enforcement career as a dispatcher for the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department in 1979. She was sworn in as a KCPD police officer in 1982, and worked her way up to major before coming to Raymore as chief in 2012.

A few of Zimmerman’s accomplishments include bringing the Community Against Crime event and chaplain and school resource officer programs to Raymore, as well as the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program – after first introducing it to KCPD – which ensures that all officers receive extensive training in crisis intervention so they respond effectively and appropriately to individuals in crisis. She worked with members of the community to bring body-worn cameras to every Raymore officer and also upgraded police policy twice and published the department’s Policies & Procedures Manual on the City’s website.

Zimmerman serves as the program director for the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE) with the Kansas City Crime Commission, is a governor-appointed board member of the Missouri Gaming Commission, a board member of the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union and is involved with the Kansas City Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and Missouri Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.

In May, Zimmerman was awarded the 2021 Donald “Red” Loehr Outstanding Police Chief Award by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association.

Deputy Chief Jim Wilson will be sworn in as Chief of Police at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 at City Hall’s Council Chambers.

No stranger to Raymore, Wilson has 29 years of service with the Raymore Police Department and most recently served as commander of the Operations Division.

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