On the police beat
- Reports from a Basehor police investigation regarding alleged illegal drug use at Basehor-Linwood High School have been forwarded to the Leavenworth County attorney's office for review, Police Chief Terry Horner said.
Police were called to the high school Jan. 11 after a teacher noticed a male student behaving as if he were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After a brief investigation, police suspected two students of possessing clorazepate, an illegal substance similar to valium, Horner said. Police did not cite the two students, choosing instead to pursue a case against them in district court. Officers did remove the alleged illegal substances.
The county attorney will review the case and decide whether to file criminal charges, Horner said.
- Police also are investigating a report of criminal damage to property. At 2:30 a.m. Jan. 11, vandals allegedly damaged a vehicle and trailer at Highview Industrial Park on 147th Street.
Horner said the damage exceeds $1,000.
He said a videotape indicated two men driving a white, four door Ford Crown Victoria were at the industrial park at the time of the alleged crime. There is also evidence that items stolen from the industrial park were later used to vandalize two vehicles owned by Basehor residents, the police chief said.
- Horner is in the process of developing the first policy manuals in the history of the department for areas deemed as "high liability."
The new manuals will cover areas such as use of force, high-speed chases and racial profiling, among others. The police chief said the new policies and procedures should be in place in 30 to 60 days.
"As we continue to grow, it's essential we have these policies in place," Horner said. "It's not like we're going to be re-inventing the wheel. I'm sure we'll be borrowing a lot from some of our bigger neighbors."