Independence Police Department (Missouri)

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Independence Police Department
Common name Independence Police Department
Abbreviation IPD
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Independence, MO Police Patch
Agency overview
Formed August 8, 1882
Preceding agency Night Watch
Employees Over 300
Annual budget $25,081,229 (2008-2009)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Independence in the state of Missouri, United States
Size 78 square miles (200 km2)
Population 117,213
Legal jurisdiction Independence, Missouri
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 223 N Memorial Dr.
Independence, MO 64050
Police Officers 207 (2008)
Agency executive Tom Dailey, Chief of Police
Units Patrol
Accident Investigation
Selective Enforcement (Motorcycle)
Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT)
K9 Unit
Community Services
Criminal Investigations Unit
Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU)
School Resource Officers (SRO)
D.A.R.E Unit
EOD Unit (Bomb Squad)
Buildings 1 Central Police Building
2 Police Sub-Stations
1 Special Operations Building
1 K9 Facility
Official Site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Independence Police Department serves the citizens of Independence, Missouri, a city of approximately 117,213 inhabitants (as of July 1, 2011)[1] located in Jackson County, Missouri, just east of Kansas City. According to the department, its mission is "to protect life, individual liberty and the property of all people within the City of Independence; to develop and maintain a positive relationship with members of the community; and to foster a positive work environment for police employees."


The Independence Police Department has a broad array of specialized services, including tactical operations (SWAT), K-9, bomb disposal, narcotics, accident investigation, motorcycles, criminal investigations, community services, and school resource officers. The Independence Police Department also has crime scene investigation and laboratory resources. Officers carry either the SIG Sauer P226 or the SIG Sauer P229, both chambered in .357 SIG. The Ford Crown Victoria is the standard patrol car, the color scheme is black hood and trunk with white doors and grey decals that say Independence Police. The previous color scheme was all white cars with 2 red stripes going diagonal on the door and says Independence Police. With the discontinuation of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, IPD has been transitioning to the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, now painted in all black.


The Independence Police Department was created on August 8, 1882, when the "Night Watch" ordinance was repealed and a new ordinance entitled "Police" was approved.[2] The "Police" ordinance allowed for a maximum of five men to be assigned to two watches, with a pay of $1.30/shift. The Independence Police Department has since grown to over 300 employees, including 207 sworn police officers.[3]

Prior to the Sig Sauer P226R .357 sig and the P229 .357 sig officers were issued the Sig Sauer P220 .45.

Past Chiefs of Police[edit]

Line of duty deaths[edit]

Name End of Watch
Deputy Marshal Henry H. Hughes February 10, 1877
Chief John M. Swearingen January 16, 1884
Patrolman George Gilbert Barton Sr. January 26, 1922
Lieutenant David Kraxner October 31, 1966
Officer Terry Eugene Foster March 17, 2001

Fraternal Order of Police[edit]

Independence commissioned police officers and civilian employees can become members of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  2. ^ Independence Police Web Site, History page (
  3. ^ Independence Police Web Site, Divisions page (
  4. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page (

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