This 154 page book has a short general history about the Department and includes history of the area in and around "Raytown" before city incorporation. I have also included detail about early history, particularly the Civil War, because it shows a direct bearing on the roots of original residents and sheds some light on how the population came to be the people of Raytown. However, most of all this is a dedication to all those who have, and those who will, serve the Raytown Police Department in all capacities. I have tried to present facts as accurately as I could. This book is not intended to be about criminal cases that have occurred during the cities lifetime nor about politics. I have included some political occurrences, but only to let the reader know how the Department functioned throughout the years. This book is meant to provide a high level overview of the RPD and to remember those who have served this Department from the time the town was a rural bedroom community to the current urban/suburban city Raytown has become, now totally surrounded by Kansas City, except for a small strip where Independence meets Raytown in its northeast corner.