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Lee's Summit Police Chief Joe Piccinini Announces Retirement
October 31, 2013
Chief Joseph Piccinini
After a more than 30-year career and remarkable accomplishments with the Lee’s Summit Police Department, Chief Joseph Piccinini announced today (Oct. 31, 2013) he will retire from the City on January 17, 2014.
“I am very proud of our Police Department, our officers, and the quality of services we provide our citizens of Lee’s Summit,” said Chief Piccinini. “It has been an honor to serve this community for over 30 years. I have lived here all of my life; it has been my family’s home, and I will continue to live here for a long time,” he said.
Chief Piccinini went on to say about his work, “I wanted to be a part of something good that made a positive difference for people who are in our care. I am honored to be a part of this commitment to service. I was given the privilege to work with two outstanding leadership teams, my command staff and the City’s Management Team. It is through this team environment of professionals we saw success in supporting each other within the department and across departmental lines. This support was not only during times of crisis, but on a daily basis.”
Chief Piccinini’s retirement draws to an end an impressive public safety career that was enhanced by a strong educational foundation. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri. In 2009, he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
His employment with the City began in 1983 as a Probationary Officer for the Lee’s Summit Police Department. He rapidly moved up in the departmental ranks from 1985 to 2005, serving as a Police Officer, Master Police Officer, Sergeant, Sergeant II, Captain, and Major I for the Lee’s Summit Police Department.
His movement in the department continued with his appointment as Acting Chief of Police on Nov. 1, 2007 by then Acting Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed by Mr. Arbo as the Chief of Police on January 26, 2008.
“Chief Piccinini has given this community and our organization his very best. I am pleased that Joe accepted the Chief’s position when it was offered to him in 2008. After working with him a few short months, it was clear to me that he was exactly what was needed for our community,” said Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo.
“He is highly regarded professionally by his peers locally and regionally and is seen as a person of integrity, compassion, equity and fairness. He is one of those rare leaders that can think strategically and empower others to support the mission of the organization. When I hired him, his mission was pretty simple…to reduce crime and make the community a safe place. I have enjoyed seeing him reach this goal,” said City Manager Arbo.
Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads said, “The Lee’s Summit community has been fortunate in two ways. First, the leadership provided by the Chief during the last six years; secondly, the 30-plus years of dedicated service and commitment to the department and our citizens. Our Police Department is one of the top performing agencies in the mid-west area. The City of Lee’s Summit has also been cited as one of the safest suburbs in the United States. This doesn’t happen by accident, it takes great leadership. Joe Piccinini provided that leadership to our community.”
As a result of his leadership during the last six years, Chief Piccinini and staff have accomplished several major milestones for the City:
Initiated a “Community Policing” concept that places an emphasis on relationship building and problem solving through personal interaction between the police officer and the citizen.
Lead the department to becoming a nationally accredited agency for the first time by receiving the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.’s (CALEA) Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CALEA award is considered the highest standard of excellence by law enforcement agencies. By obtaining accreditation, the Lee’s Summit Police Department joined an elite class of the top 4% of all law enforcement agencies in the country.
Expanded the patrol districts from seven to ten which allowed for more opportunities for police officer public interaction and awareness of potential crime activities.
Reduced Part I Crime Offenses, which is currently at a five-year low. Part I crime offenses include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. In 2008, the City had 2,378 of these offenses and by 2012, that number was reduced to 1,700.
Additionally, Chief Piccinini:
Served on a multi-departmental “Safe Community Task Force” that included employee representatives outside of the Police Department who focused on reducing crime through code enforcement, planning, and other methods in addition to patrol.
Assisted in providing community information regarding the April 2010 no tax increase bond election that included $10 million for the construction of the new training and detention facilities and community meeting room at the Police Department and the $2 million upgrade to the emergency services radio system
Re-organized the department to decentralize decision making and provide for a more rapid deployment of people and resources and strengthened the leadership skills for the department.
Provided community and departmental leadership that helped to assure confidence and trust in the Police Department, despite a major court finding for a matter that occurred in 1999.
Provided a higher level of community presence in the Police Chief’s Office by serving on several community-based boards and committees such as “Community of Character”, Lee’s Summit CARES, LS Character Council , and the Rotary.
Chief Piccinini's Career with the Lee's Summit Police Department
Position Effective Dates
Probationary Police Officer Hired - 9/12/1983
Police Officer Promoted - 1/20/1985
Master Police Officer Promoted - 9/30/1989
Master Police Officer II Promoted – 10/10/1992
Police Sergeant Promoted – 2/25/1995
Police Sergeant II Promoted – 3/7/1998
Police Captain Promoted – 3/14/2003
Police Major I Promoted – 8/19/2005
Acting Chief of Police Appointed 11/1/2007
Chief of Police Promoted 1/26/2008
SLMS student named 2012 Recognized Carson Scholar