Dedication Event and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in collaboration with the team that designed and built the new Leon Mercer Jordan Campus East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab, initiated a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and forensics career and college exploration program with a goal of introducing CSI training and forensics – both laboratory and field investigative procedures – to high school students in the area of the new facility, that is complete in Winter 2015-2016.
The six-week program, CSI-KC High School Students Unit (HSSU), began March 24, 2015 at area high schools in Kansas City’s Third City Council District, at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and Central Academy of Excellence High School and concluded April 30, 2015. The program featured a combination of guest speaker presentations from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Crime Lab, Kansas City area colleges with forensic science and criminal justice degree (two- and four-year) programs, related criminal justice careers, and hands-on forensic exercises.
Read more about the CSI: KC program.
One Percent for Art “Throw Mud” Event
Local youths and neighbors of the Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Campus were invited to join a “Throw Mud” event at several sessions April 15-18, 2015 at Kansas City’s Arts Tech, 1522 Holmes St.
Volunteers from the Kansas City Art Institute, the KC Clay Guild and other arts groups helped those who participated in the Throw Mud event sessions.
Read more about the “Throw Mud” Event.
Brick-Laying of “Quilts” on the Two Buildings Front Porches
A very special first “Brick Laying” took place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Campus. Project team members and KCMO and KCPD officials, as well as friends, supporters, and colleagues of Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin, award-winning fabric artist, designer, curator, and author, joined together as Sonié laid the very first brick of two elaborate glazed-brick walls that she has designed for the new Campus.
Read more about the special brick-laying event.
Naming Public Hearing
Residents were invited to a public hearing on October 6, 2014 to consider whether the East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Campus, or an individual part of the campus, should carry a name other than East Campus. City Council members and city staff were on hand to listen to public recommendations and comments. This hearing began a public process to examine whether a name should be attached to the campus, as well as who could be honored and why. If a name is given to the facility, it would mark the first time any KCMO police station is named in honor of an individual.
UPDATE: The Kansas City Star reports, “Responding to a big push from Kansas City’s black community, the City Council voted 12-0 on Thursday [December 11, 2014] to name the new East Patrol campus in honor and memory of local civil rights legend Leon M. Jordan.” Read more here.
Construction Kick-Off Event
More than 100 people spent two hours together on May 22, 2014, at 26th and Olive Streets adjacent to the new campus construction site, exchanging business cards and resumes in a Construction Kick-Off event sponsored by JE Dunn / Alexander Mechanical, A Joint Venture.
Read more about the new campus Construction Kick-Off.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus took place on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 on Wabash Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets (near the corner of 26th and Prospect) in Kansas City, Missouri. KCMO and KCPD officials joined community and neighborhood leaders in turning the first shovels of dirt as the official construction phase began.
Read more about the new campus Groundbreaking.
The Leon Mercer Jordan Campus Public Meeting Team has included representatives from the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, and members from the project consultant team.
Community engagement has been a key ingredient to project success. The campus team has engaged the public to hear their thoughts and increase their awareness and involvement regarding the campus project’s progress.
The new campus team has coordinated regular community presentations at several neighborhood association and community organization meetings. The groups the project team has met with on a regular basis have included:
- Key Coalition Neighborhood Association
- Santa Fe Area Council
- Wendell Phillips Community Association
- Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association
- 3rd District Meeting led by Third District Councilmembers
- The Economic Roundtable
- The Black Agenda Group
- The Baptist Ministry Union of Kansas City
- The Urban Summit
- Environmental Management Commission