Safety & Security
Our main focus and goals are to ensure the safety and security of our students, teachers, administration, parents, and visitors of KCPS.
The Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools Security Department provides a number of services to all of our school properties and district communities. Our officers receive law enforcement training and are equipped to provide services including building clearing, active shooter response, first aid and CPR, search and seizure, firearms handling, verbal de-escalation, O.C. use, handcuffing, and much more. In addition, our officers complete over 60 hours of peace officers standards and training annually, which is more than most law enforcement agencies.
Our officers are licensed through the private officers licensing unit of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. We have site based Officers who are unarmed and respond to all calls for service in their assigned schools. We have Patrol Officers that are fully armed and respond to all calls throughout the entire KCPS district. Armed officers are required to qualify annually with their firearms to ensure proper use of their weapons. Our officers have police powers on school property and are authorized to enforce all laws and detain individuals that violate any laws on school grounds that are covered in State and local statutes and laws. Both Patrol and Site-based officers have a Sergeant that overseas all security operations in their divisions.
Major Marcus Harris
Mr. Harris' start date with the District was April 17, 2007. Director Marcus Harris is responsible for the overall management of the Security Department. Mr. Harris is responsible for the Security Department Budget, hiring, and training. The First Line Patrol Supervisors, the Assistant Site Based Manager, the Office Manager, and the Communications Unit personnel report directly to the Director. Prior to being hired with the District, Mr. Harris retired from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department as a Division Commander (Major) with 27 years of service. While being employed with the Police Department, Mr. Harris on a contractual basis was the Director of Security (private security) for the Kansas City, Missouri Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum located in the 18th & Vine District from 1997 — 2000. Mr. Harris graduated from Central Missouri State University located in Warrensburg, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1978.
Captain Jeffry Gilmore
Jeff Gilmore was hired with the Kansas City, Missouri School District on May 09, 2011, as the Assistant Site Based Manager. Mr. Gilmore is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the school security Site Based Officers assigned to the High Schools. Mr. Gilmore retired as the Chief of Park Safety and Enforcement for Jackson County after thirty years of service. Mr. Gilmore currently serves as the Captain of the Reserve Unit for the Jackson County Sheriffs Office. "Chief Gilmore", was responsible for 24 fulltime law enforcement officers who patrolled 22,000 acres of Park Land 24/7. "Captain Gilmore" has been a member with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office since 1999. During his tenure he worked in the Warrant Division, Sex Offender Registration Unit and Road Patrol. He is currently responsible for 35 Sheriff Deputies who fulfill numerous responsibilities for the Sheriff's Office. Mr. Gilmore is a graduate of the Kansas City, Missouri School District (Northeast High School). Mr. Gilmore received his B.S. Degree in Park & Recreation Administration from Avila College in 1980.
Sgt. Key started his career with Kansas City Public Schools in 2015 after leaving the retail industry where he was a manager for over 12 years. Sgt. Key was hired on as a site-based security officer for Northeast Middle. After serving two years as a site-based officer, Key was promoted to Sergeant over the Patrol Elementary Task Force. Four years later, Sgt. Key continues to serve KCPS students, parents, staff, and the community. Sgt. Key graduated from an HBCU, Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, MO. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
I am the evening patrol Sgt. I have been with the District for eight years. I was hired in April of 2013 as a patrol officer. I spent the first several months of my career with KCPS working at the alternative school located at Anderson. After approximately five years on patrol, I was promoted to the first-line supervisor for Paseo HS and KCMSA. I worked there for approximately eight months at which time I was transferred to assist with the patrol division. I am currently responsible for the day-to-day operations of the third and 1st shifts. Prior to coming to KCPS I worked at Lansing Correctional Facility. While at Lansing, I was a member of the S.O.R.T. team (Special Operations Response and Tactics) as well as worked as a supervisor. I also worked in the TRUE unit working with mentally handicapped inmates and special needs inmates. I have a total of 18 years of security experience. Here at KCPS, I am the CPR/AED/First Aid instructor, a certified Glock armor, and a simulator instructor. I became a supervisor to better serve the district. I have been able to work on our communications and other projects that will help security to better serve the staff and students. I would like to see our department leading the metro area and setting the standards for other school districts' security and safety departments.
SGT Wood has been on staff as a First Line Supervisor for KCPS since August 2014. SGT Wood served as the Security Supervisor for Central Academy of Excellence and Central Middle Schools for just over a year before becoming the Day Time Patrol supervisor for KCPS. He is also a certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, and serves as the firearms instructor for KCPS. SGT Wood's experience prior to joining KCPS is as follows: 12 Years as a Law Enforcement Officer in Texas where he held an advanced police Officers license. He has over 4000 hours in police related training. SGT wood has experience training police Officers as well as experience being a member of tactical response teams. He enjoys helping to keep the students and the staff of the KCPS safe and secure on a daily basis. In his time away from work SGT. Wood loves to play/watch sports and spend time with his daughters.
Success Academy at Anderson
Manual Career & Technical Center
SGT SPILLER ANDERSON SUCCESS ACADEMY ANDERSON AND MANUAL TECH
Sgt. Spiller working on my fifth year at K.C.P.S, Site-Based Officer for four years until promoted to a Sergeant. I aspire to continue my learning and training this will allow me to better serve the students, parents, staff, and community. I'm a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in life.
Central Middle School
Central High School
SGT ZARCONE CENTRAL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
Sgt. Jeff Zarcone was born and raised in Albany, New York. At the age of 19, Jeff had an opportunity to pursue a professional baseball career with the NY Yankees but suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from continuing his dream. Jeff went on to work as a missionary with Youth With A Mission traveling the US and abroad performing music and drama for several years before beginning a career in Law Enforcement with the Dodge City Police Department in Dodge City, KS. During his Police career, Jeff worked as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, SWAT Team Commander, and Patrol Commander .Before retiring from the DCPD, Jeff spent many years as an instructor in Patrol Techniques, Use of Force, Active Shooter, and Special Weapons and Tactics Training. He is excited to be part of this leadership team and looks forward to using his training and experience to help make KCPS the best it can be! Jeff is a very active musician in the KC area and currently lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife Nancy and two step kids. Jeff also has adult twin daughters that reside in Wichita, KS.
Northeast Middle School
Northeast High School
SGT ESPINOZA NORTHEAST MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
Sgt. Espinoza was born and raised in Denver Colorado, he moved to KCMO in 2016 due to personal opportunities and feels he has been blessed to work with Kansas City Public Schools for 4 1/2 years, he started as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to a Supervisor 6 months after he started. He stated, “I have always had two passions in my life, 1. A protector/helper and 2. a creator.” Sgt. Espinoza has been in Security/Law enforcement for a total of 22 years and has been involved with Art and Music for a total of 35 years. He has a goal to really start changing the minds of troubled children, he stated “It starts by being more involved, always being available when a child has no one else to go to no matter what the circumstances are. He holds the role as Security Officer, but he also acts as a Mentor, Counselor, Father Figure and Role Model.” Security is much bigger than Security, we serve the community as well as KCPS. Security is the first person to greet our community and staff and having good Customer Service is a priority. Sgt. Espinoza's purpose / vision is to lead his officers to have integrity, be readily available when the district calls on us, be respectful and protect our students, staff, and property like it's your own.
Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
SGT RYDHOLM PASEO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
I’m John M. Rydholm, formerly of Michigan, lived in Missouri since 2006. I have over 19 years of cumulative experience in private security, customer service, and correctional settings, as well as middle management. My previous job was a Lieutenant at the Leavenworth Detention Center. My staff is currently Officers M. Evans, C. Fischer, I. Perkins, and K. Doerflinger. By working with KCPS, I hope to be able to better assist our district in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our children and bettering our community within Kansas City.
Southeast High School
African-Centered College Preparatory Academy - Lower Campus
SGT WOODRUFF Southeast High School & ACC Lower
I have worked in security since 2008 with such companies as Allied Barton and Securitas. I have been working at KCPS since 2012, I started out as a Site-Based Officer for five years then I progressed to a Patrol Officer. I was in Patrol for 2 years when I decided I wanted to be a First-Line Supervisor. My vision for KCPS is for the community to be more involved in the vision of how our children are being taught. This involves getting to know all the staff including officers so that the community can get familiar with officers for not just the discipline but as the overall knowledge of officer is there to help on a day-to-day basis.
East High School
SGT WILLIAMS EAST HIGH SCHOOL
Sgt. Williams began her employment with Kansas City Public Schools in 2008 as a Site-Based Security Officer. Sgt. Williams was promoted to a First-Line Supervisor and served at the following campuses; Northeast Middle, Northeast High, Central Academy of Excellence, Central Middle School and currently serving at East High School.
Sgt. Williams’ vision is to assist officers with understanding their purpose, that they are not just security officers. They’re here create a safe environment for our students to thrive in, to help our students develop, learn, to correct them in the walls of safety in love and to know who they are. I believe once they know who they are they will soar. They are here to encourage and motivate our students, to become productive citizens. I want our students to know that they’re loved, we are their extended family to help them make healthy choses. I want the community to understand why we are in the schools and that we partner with them and when we all speak it “us” and not them or they.
I want our students to have a healthy pride in themselves, in their schools and in their community. So they will treat each other with love, respect and value each other and their communities. I wanted to bring healing and hope where this is hurt and hopeless. I believe our students do great things!
Lincoln Middle School
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
First Line Supervisor Lincoln Middle School & Lincoln High School
My name is Joel Poindexter and I am a First Line Supervisor overseeing security at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Middle School. My responsibilities include supervising other officers, implementing safety procedures and protocols, providing security for events within the district, working with the school’s administration to help provide a safe learning environment for the students and staff, and building a rapport with the students where they feel safe and comfortable in turning to us when they need help. In addition, I am also a certified PPCT instructor and teach defensive tactics training to the other offices within the district. I previously worked in Law Enforcement and served as a Police Officer for the City of Independence. My goal here at the Kansas City Missouri School District is to help as many students as possible, to be a resource for them, and to hopefully inspire them to be more than that thought they could be.
The purpose of the KCPS Security Communications Department is to answer emergency and non-emergency calls that happen throughout the District. Dispatchers coordinate with officers to respond to calls for service at within our district. Dispatchers monitor all cameras on KCPS property, create badges for all new employees, and control all access points within district property.
KCPS Security Department Dispatchers are available 24/7 and can be called upon to answer the following:
- Create Employee badge
- Employee badge access
- Suspicious persons/vehicles on school property
- After hours maintenance issues
- Missing students
- Bus accidents
- Bus stop incidents
- Home welfare checks
- Reporting Narcotics on School Property
Thank An Officer
If a KCPS Security Officer has ever helped you out, we would like to know! If an officer went above and beyond their duty and you would like to express your thanks, contact our headquarters by using the form below. The officer and his or her chain of command will receive a notification of your thanks, and it will be annotated in their personnel file. Please include the officer’s name, what the officer did, where the incident occurred, and when the incident occurred. If you are unsure of the officer’s name, try to remember the date and times of the incident with as much information and description that is available.
Report a Crime on School Grounds
At KCPS, we are dedicated to ensure the safety to everyone that is on our school grounds. We also have a motto that we instill within the department as a whole. “If you see something, say something.” If you witness a crime on school grounds, or know of any crimes that may have happened or crimes that could potentially happen, we want to know. Please contact our dispatch center, to report any crimes that could potentially occur or crimes that have occurred.