Independence, Missouri Police Department Reserve Unit Portraits, July 19, 2018, Photo: © John Howe / Howe Creative Photography, 110 S. Liberty St., Independence, Missouri 64050, all rights reserved 2018 (photo courtesy of the Independence, Missouri Police Department)


INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department has announced the recent loss of a fellow officer.  The full news release can be read below.

“John Richard Bullard, Jr., 64, of Independence, MO passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Centerpoint Medical Center, after his courageous battle with COVID-19. John was born on August 24, 1956, in Kansas City, MO. John began his 46-year career with the Independence Police Department in 1975 as a civilian dispatcher. He became a commissioned police officer in 1977 after graduating from the Kansas City Regional Police Academy.

As a Police Officer, John held many jobs in areas including the Traffic Unit, the Selective Enforcement (Motorcycle) Unit, and the Accident Investigation Unit. John was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and assigned to the department’s Patrol Division. In 1998, he transferred to the police K-9 unit and became the unit supervisor. During his time in the K-9 Unit, John, along with his team, developed the unit into a program that earned recognition as one of the premier canine training facilities in the Midwest.

After leaving the department’s K-9 Unit, John transferred to the Detective unit where he became one of the unit Detective Sergeants until his retirement in 2011. After John retired, he remained very active in the Independence Police Department’s Reserve Unit while simultaneously working as Director of Safety and Security for the Community of Christ Church International Headquarters, where he had previously volunteered on the World Conference Security Team and was also President of the Community of Christ Professional Law Enforcement Officers Association. He continued to hold this position until his death.

John was active in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 where he served as Lodge President and Secretary. He also served as the National Trustee, President and Vice President for the State Lodge. Other associations John was active in included; The Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council and The North American Police Working Dog Association. John was currently working as an adjunct instructor with the Western Missouri Public Safety Regional Training Institute.

Funeral Services will be on Friday, 8-20-21 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held Thursday, 08-19-21 from 5pm-8pm. Both will be located at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence MO, 64050. In honor of John, the family suggests donations to be made to Independence Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge # 1, at 18300 MO-78, Independence, MO 64057 or In the name of John R. Bullard, or the Independence Police Foundation for Independence Police K-9’s.”