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New Parsons police chief says interaction with residents is important in keeping community safe

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Jason Sharp, Parsons Chief of Police who began December 3, says it's time for the city to look ahead.

"I can't really comment on what happened in the past, because I wasn't here for it. And so, being able to move on, we need to focus on basically what's December 3 and forward."


Born in Labette County, sharp was a member of the parsons police department from 2004 to 2012.  He then was a coordinator and instructor at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute.

He says he's happy to be back home in Parsons.

"We have a really good group of officers. They are really family-orientated. The interaction between them is just impressive."

Parsons resident Frank Barnett says there has been a lack of truthfulness and positivity in the police department and city throughout the years.  

"We need change and I think Jason has the ability to walk in here as the new police chief and change these things," he said.

Barnett says there are a few key things he hopes sharp brings to the force.

"If you'll bear with truth and transparency and listen to the public and trust in them, they're going to trust in you," said Barnett.

Sharp says one of his goals is to encourage more interaction between parsons residents and police officers. Such communication, he says, is important for a city." 

"Try to open it up to where they feel comfortable coming to the police department or interacting with police officers in general. So I'm not opposed to disclosing information that we can disclose and working together with the community because together that's how we kind of reduce crime and make the community even safer."

Sharp holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Washburn. He's also currently working on his doctorate in adult and lifelong learning from the University of Arkansas.


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