Beyond The Badge – Officer Ron Hollar

Beyond The Badge – Officer Ron Hollar

Officer Hollar was born and raised in Topeka, and joined the Topeka Police Department in 1990. He’s spent time in patrol, traffic, the DARE program, and most recently as a School Resource Officer.

He went on a ride along with a TPD officer and he says that’s when his interest in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice began. He says he especially enjoys being a School Resource Officer because of working with the kids, getting to know them as individuals, connecting with them, and making an impact in their lives. To him, each school is a community of its own and he’s glad to play a role in their lives.

Officer Hollar volunteers his time coaching football and volleyball for the kids he works with every day, and was recently given the Respect For Law award by the Downtown Optimist Club.
When he’s not working or volunteering, Officer Hollar enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and coaching.

Officer Hollar is a wonderful asset to our department, schools, and community. Thank you for your time and dedication!Hollar_Ronald84

Beyond The Badge – Officer Rex Vickers

Beyond The Badge – Officer Rex Vickers

Officer Vickers grew up in Paola, Kansas but spent a lot of time in Topeka with family, so when his twin brother joined the Topeka Police Department and encouraged him to do the same, it was a natural progression for him as he already had an interest in working with the department and the community.

Before joining the Topeka Police Department, Rex went to the US Air Force Academy where he graduated in 2003 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF. Through Rex’s diverse career, he’s worked as a satellite communications officer, as a Dept of Defense Contractor in several engineering capacities, doing surveillance operations in Afghanistan as a contractor with the Marine Corps, and he currently serves as a member of the Air National Guard here in Topeka.

Rex has been with TPD for three years now where he’s worked on several notable cases in his position as a Patrol Officer. He says he enjoys his job because he’s always been service oriented and gravitates to positions where he’s able to help people. He likes that through his current position he is able to make Topeka a better place to live by keeping the streets safe and helping others.

When he’s not at work, he enjoys golfing and being outdoors. Officer Vickers is a huge asset to this department and the Topeka community and we thank him for all his hard work and dedication!vickers

Beyond the Badge – SGT. Adam Arensdorf

Beyond the Badge – SGT. Adam Arensdorf

SGT. Adam Arensdorf grew up in Hays, Kansas and attended Ft. Hays State where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. After working for two years with the Dodge City Police Department, he made the move to Topeka.

He’s been with the Topeka Police Department for 16 years now serving in patrol, as a Field Training Officer, in the Honor Guard, as a School Resource Officer, in the Detectives Unit investigating homicides, violent crimes, and in the special victims unit. He’s also a member of the Response Team and is a certified polygraph examiner. He was recently promoted to Sergeant where he will work in patrol.

When asked, SGT. Arensdorf says his interest in law enforcement began with a cousin who worked for the Olathe Police Department as SGT Arensdorf was growing up and is now an FBI Agent. He enjoys the fact that each day is different, and that it allows him to help victims of crime – especially families of homicide victims and children.

When he’s not working, SGT. Arensdorf and his family volunteer with the Silverbacks cooking meals and serving them to kids. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, being involved with his kids’ sports and activities like gymnastics and swimming.

SGT. Arensdorf is a great asset to this department and the community and we appreciate all his hard work!Arensdorf

Beyond The Badge

Beyond The Badge – LT Kelvin Johnson

LT Johnson grew up in Topeka’s Hi-Crest neighborhood and graduated from Highland Park High school. After high school he attended KU and Friends University earning a degree in Computer Information Systems.

He says he’s always had an interest in law enforcement, but several incidents throughout his life would influence his decision to join the department. Growing up, he witnessed several shootings in his neighborhood and at one point his best friend’s dad was killed. In college, he lost another friend to violent crime.

He joined the Topeka Police Department in 2002 to help and make a difference in the community. He’s since served in patrol as both a CPL and an SGT, five years as a field training officer, two years as a field training supervisor, six years on the accident reconstruction team, in community policing, in support operations, as the Assistant Training Director, and as an LT, the Director of Training, Records, IT, Fleet, Property, the impound lot and is currently the LT in the Narcotics Unit. He is also involved with training academys and has taught ethics and report writing, was lead radar instructor and lead accident investigation instructor and is currently a lead emergency vehicle operator course instructor. LT Johnson says he enjoys the fact that every day is different which affords him to serve the Topeka community in a different way each day.

When he’s not busy at work, he serves as a board member for the Topeka Police Credit Union and also on the board for Kansas Action for Children.

In his free time, LT Johnson enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, playing tennis, and is a skilled woodworker. He’s a huge asset to our department and community and we thank him for his hard work and dedication!