MPD Chief McClarty Takes Pride in McPherson, Shares Tips on Halloween Safety

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
October 31, 2016

The city of McPherson has been ranked as the second safest college town in the country.

A new study by gave McPherson this designation based on its low crime rate, using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Their research included towns that have at least one two- or four-year college campuses. McPherson of course is home to McPherson College and Central Christian, both of which are four-year colleges.

“It shows that our community and law enforcement and colleges and everybody are working well together, and I think it’s a huge compliment to our city,” said Rob McClarty, Chief of the McPherson Police Department.

Chief McClarty went on to say that the department has been busy and their call load has been up, but it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on in neighboring Harvey County since the triple homicide on Sunday.

“We’re not facing the types of issues that we’re seeing directly south of us, as of this morning, so that’s a benefit to us.”

Chief McClarty took the time to touch on one more timely subject: Halloween trick-or-treaters.  

“Remember the little ones are out walking around,” he said. “Make sure they’re wearing reflective tape, or at least a glow stick, something to keep them safe.

“Slow down,” he urged drivers. “And please stay off your phones when you’re driving through neighborhoods today. I think it would be beneficial to the kids walking around in costumes.

“Parents, keep the kids’ costumes out of their faces, at least as much as you can, so they don’t have any issues seeing what’s going on around them,” Chief McClarty added.

“Let’s have a safe, happy Halloween.”