In 2012 the Blue Springs Police Department will begin hiring additional personnel through the community support of the Public Safety Sales Tax passed in April. However, in an agency that will approach 99 sworn police officer positions by the end of 2012, hiring to replace retirements or others who may change jobs is on-going.

In 2012 the Blue Springs Police Department will begin hiring additional personnel through the community support of the Public Safety Sales Tax passed in April. However, in an agency that will approach 99 sworn police officer positions by the end of 2012, hiring to replace retirements or others who may change jobs is on-going.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce four new officers to the community hired or graduating from the academy in 2011. Two of these officers – Officers Kyle Flowers and Jennifer Lux – are already on the street and have completed their field training. Two more – Nick Brooks and Benjamin McRae – are currently attending the Kansas City Police Academy and will graduate in October 2011.



Officer Kyle Flowers

Officer Flowers is 24 years old, was raised in Blue Springs and attended Blue Springs High School. He graduated in 2005. After graduation he applied and was accepted to the University of Missouri, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2009.

Kyle became interested in law enforcement through classes during college, and upon completion applied for and was accepted by the Blue Springs Police Department. From July 2010 to January 2011, Officer Flowers attended the Kansas City Missouri Regional Police Academy, receiving 1,200 credit hours and state certification. After completion of the academy, all officers then complete a 12-week field training course with a field training officer prior to release for duty on their own.

Officer Flowers has a desire to complete his duties to there fullest extent with acceptable energy and vigor. His goal is to ensure that his actions are never perceived as malicious or unfair in any way.



Officer Jennifer Lux

Officer Lux is 31 years old and a life long resident of Blue Springs, graduating from Blue Springs High School in 1999. Jennifer completed an associate’s degree from the Metropolitan Community College in 2007.

Jennifer began her working career as a dental assistant and later learned of the Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy. Wishing to become involved more in the community and wanting to understand police work, she attended and completed the Citizen’s Academy in May of 2009. It was at this training that Officer Lux made the decision to apply to the department for a police officer position. She completed the entrant testing and background checks, entering the Kansas City Regional Police Academy for Blue Springs in October of 2010. Jennifer is the first graduate of the Blue Springs Citizens Academy to become a full-time sworn Blue Springs police officer.

Officer Lux completed the regional academy in May 2011. She then undertook field training and has recently completed her 12-week in-house field training program. Officer Lux wants the citizens to know that she will address their problems or issues with the utmost integrity and respect. One of her future goals is to educate young people on crime prevention and drug awareness.



Academy Cadets Benjamin McRae and Nick Brooks

Cadet McRae is 24 years old, and is another officer with Blue Springs as his hometown. Cadet McRae was inspired to be a Blue Springs police officer by the now retired Detective Ray Vasquez. Benjamin related that Detective Vasquez handled a case with such professionalism and character that it impacted him to become an officer.

Cadet Brooks is 30 years old. Nick’s hometown is Richmond, Mo., and he has a family background in law enforcement; his grandfather was an officer for 20 years. Cadet Brooks admired his grandfather’s passion and dedication for his career and he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

After going through the hiring process and being accepted, both cadets are attending the Kansas City Regional Police Academy for 1,200 credit hours of training for state certification. Their training includes physical conditioning, firearms, criminal law, cultural diversity and a host of other topics.

After completing their academy training, they will need to successfully complete in-house training with a field training officer for approximately twelve weeks, with daily evaluation by their coaches.

Cadet McRae wants to be professional and fair with his encounters with the public. He hopes to display the same professionalism and character that was displayed to him by Detective Ray Vasquez. Cadet Brooks wants to have a lasting impression on those he contacts as being dedicated to himself and his community.

These officers are great examples of those selected to join a quality team of people dedicated to keeping the Blue Springs community safe.