TPD has Chief for a Day

Topeka Police Department Chief Bill Cochran handed over his badge to Chief Miles Harris today. Miles Harris, age 9, got to be the Chief for a Day after becoming the TPD’s 911 Hero.

Miles became the 911 Hero after his quick thinking helped save his grandparents lives. His grandparents were outside working on their house when the scaffolding collapsed. Miles was outside playing at the time & ran inside to call 911 for help. His grandma is still in the hospital with a brain injury, but his grandfather was able to come with Miles today despite a broken arm & ribs.

As Chief for the Day, Miles got to tour the TPD and see the different departments including the K-9 Unit, Motorcycle Unit, Bike Unit, SWAT vehicles & even got to operate one of the Bomb Squads robots. He also took over Chief Cochran’s media duties & was interviewed by KSNT News & WIBW.

Miles said he had a “very good time” and was especially excited to finish off the day with pizza. Great job, Miles!

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month- it happens more than you think.
The Kansas Attorney Generals Office has a Human Trafficking Advisory Board which explores the issues of human trafficking in the state of Kansas. This team of advisors is composed of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, court personnel, advocates, victims of human trafficking and other pertinent parties who have expertise in this field. Learn more about the topic here: https://ag.ks.gov/public-safety/human-trafficking

KDOC has donation drive for children and TPD

The Kansas Department of Corrections recently held a donation drive amongst their employees. The goal was to provide basic care items, blankets and some toys to children who may, through circumstances outside of their control, find themselves at the police station in a hurry or for an extended period of time.

Today, Hope Burns from KDOC was met by several TPD Commanders to receive the wonderful donations gained through the drive.

The TPD and the children say thank you!

OK program students put best foot forward

The OK Program of Topeka has been highlighted before because it is doing amazing things- TPD OFC Bell is currently the coordinator and has a large group of community men who dedicate their time and skills to mentor the students in the program.
How is that working? the program works with approximately 40 boys in middle school. There is criteria to enter the program and OFC Bell has found those that have participated have improved in nearly every area of school and personal life! Grades have been raised, school discipline has gone down and the mentors can begin to see pride in each young man.
So much that recently the group of students told the mentors they wanted to learn how to dress professionally, beginning with how to tie a tie. It has gone far beyond that now- not only have they learned how to tie their ties, but dress shirts have been donated to the group and so have haircuts! They are exuding confidence and pride now and there is nothing stopping them from accomplishing any goal they set before them-wonderful things are happening!

Construction at the LEC

If you have visited the TPD in the last couple of days you might have noticed more black and white cars out in our lot and the north lot cordoned off!

Beginning Monday, Dec 18th, the north lot of the LEC is being re-surfaced- and this will take several weeks. This project means cars have to find new homes; this also means the vehicles parked in our underground- which are mostly our patrol vehicles- have to move to a new home. You may see our patrol vehicles temporary home in the west parking lot by the street.

With all of this construction there may be some inconvenience in finding a parking spot when you come visit us at the LEC.

Please be patient during the mess. There are still visitor spots in the front of the LEC and over on the Shawnee Sheriff side as well as on 4th Street.

We appreciate your patience-

Your TPD