Chief of Police Jim Lynch
Chief Lynch graduated from Norwalk Community College with an Associate degree in Law Enforcement in 1975, when he started his career with the Raytown, Missouri Police Department.
Chief Lynch moved through the ranks of the Raytown Police Department. After being hired as a Patrol Officer in 1975, Chief Lynch was selected for the Traffic Unit in 1978. In 1983 he was promoted to the rank of Detective, where he was assigned a variety of cases. He served as member of the METRO SQUAD, investigating major cases in the Kansas City Metro area. During that time period, Chief Lynch completed his Bachelors’ Degree at Avila University, earning a degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Lynch, in 1988, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, supervising a squad of patrol officers. In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. While in this assignment, he was the Lead Officer in several METRO SQUAD homicides, supervising assigned Detectives.
In August 1996, he left full time employment with the Police Department, going to work for General Accident Insurance Company as a Special Investigator. During his employment with General Accident Insurance, from August 1996 until April 2001, Chief Lynch maintained his relationship with the Raytown Police Department, as a Reserve Sergeant. Chief Jim Lynch was elected to his current position in April 2001. He has served as Chief of Police since then.
Throughout his career Chief Lynch always seized the opportunity to excel. Chief Lynch attended the National Fire Academy and is certified as a Fire Investigator by both the State of Missouri and the National Fire Academy. He is also a former Certified Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) from the National Institute for Truth Verification. Chief Lynch is trained in Hostage Negotiations, Internal Affairs, John Reid School of Interview and Interrogation and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) School of Covert Operations and Advanced Public Information Officer Training.
By April of 2002, Chief Lynch accomplished one of his goals, by having the members of the Police Department trained through the Community Oriented Policing Institute, in community policing practices. He also developed a system to hire, train and retain the best employees in the area. He developed a system to promote employees. He worked with the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and City Manager to establish a pay plan to help retain officers. He also collaborated with the Department of Justice, the Kansas City Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., members of the Raytown Human Relations Committee, and Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, to change the image of the Raytown Police Department.
To continue advancing his administrative skills Chief Jim Lynch attended the F.B.I. Executive Development Course, the Kansas University Certified Public Managers Course, the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) course, and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Chief Lynch is a member of several organizations including but not limited to: The International Association of Chiefs of Police, The Missouri Police Chief’s Association (Regional Vice-President), the International Association of Arson Investigators, the F.B.I. Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Alumni Association , the Missouri Peace Officers Association, and the Missouri Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association. He is an Executive Board Member of the Jackson County Drug Task Force. Chief Lynch is currently a member of the Raytown Rotary Club, the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Raytown Human Relations Committee, and a member of the Olathe Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. Advisory Committee for the Educational Foundation. Chief Lynch was also appointed by Governor Blunt to the Missouri Police Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.).
Chief Lynch has been involved in many community fundraising events in the Metro Kansas City Area, including Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, (R.E.A.P.), Hope House, Shepherd’s Center and the Kansas City Crime Commission.
Chief Lynch has been honored with receiving many awards throughout his career. Among these are the Raytown Police Department’s Award for Officer of the Year, the 2009 Diversity Advocate in Law Enforcement from the Olathe Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., and the 2011 Clarence Kelley Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Administration.