Week without Violence Campaign

The Topeka Police Department is joining with the YWCA for this weeks ” Week without Violence”- the YWCA says on their blog (http://www.ywcablog.com/2017/10/10/week-without-violence-join-us/#sthash.Y1howzow.dpbs)

“The numbers are staggering. We all already know this. One in four women will become a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted. One in three women experience gender-based violence. It is long past time that we change this — and you can help create a culture where gender-based violence is no longer a reality. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, join YWCA from October 16 to 20 for Week Without Violence and make a difference.”

Make a difference- join with the TPD in the activities throughout the week.

Attempt to Identify- Hit and Run

On October 7th 2017 the subject shown below was involved in a Hit and Run Accident at Walmart located at 1301 SW 37th Street Topeka Kansas. The Topeka Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying this subject.

Any information on this subject please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit (criminalintelligence@topeka.org) or TPD Officer Justin Joyce (jjoyce@topeka.org) Or contact Crime Stoppers 785-234-0007

TPD Bike Unit measures for Kansas Bike Law

The current Kansas law regarding vehicles passing bicyclists states you must stay at least 3 ft- or 36″ to the left of the cyclist. With many concerns to the TPD of passing vehicles at much closer distances than 36″ we decided to check as well.
On Oct 13th during a 2 hour period of known high traffic on 10th st- the TPD Bike unit conducted a 3-foot law enforcement operation. This was done utilizing a 3-foot device on loan from the Kaw Valley Bike Club and the Topeka Community Cycle Project.
An officer wearing regular clothes rode a bike equipped with the device and was passed by approximately 300 vehicles during the operation.
The closest measured passing distance recorded was 56” by two separate cars. The maximum distance that is recorded by the device is 77” and a large majority of the vehicles that passed did not even register inside that 77” window. Only an estimated 50 vehicles of the approximate 300 passing vehicles passed between 77” and 56.”
We appreciate motorists seeing cyclists and giving them the room needed to safely move along their way. Thank you Topeka!!

Community Partnership for Bicycle Locks

Once upon a time, not that long ago, 2 girls were seen leaning their bikes up against a wall and going in to eat at Tortilla Jacks, sitting by the windows.
When asked, they said they didn’t have bike locks and had to sit by the window to make sure their bikes were safe- that’s a problem!
But Tortilla Jacks owner Naomi Kelly had an answer. Partnering with the Topeka Police Department bicycle unit- over 200 bicycle locks were purchased to help.
Our Bicycle Officers will provide bicycle locks to children they encounter through their day who could benefit from a lock.
Thank you to Tortilla Jacks Naomi Kelly!!
This is the essence of community and police working together to tackle a problem.~ and they all lived happily ever after~

Report of Aggravated Robbery leads to arrest on warrants

Reported Aggravated Robbery leads to arrest on warrant

TOPEKA, Kan.- At 0934 the Topeka Police Department received a report from a victim who stated their vehicle had been taken by two known male subjects armed with a weapon in the area of Rochester Cemetery,1200 Blk NW Menninger. The victim reported the suspects left east from that location in the stolen vehicle and another vehicle they arrived in.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified a vehicle of similar description to the stolen vehicle minutes after the reported incident in the area of NE Chester and NE Sardou. The driver refused to stop for the Highway Patrol but eventually stopped when the driver struck a median in the area of NE Chester and NE Seward. The female driver and sole occupant was arrested for two felony warrants.

The victim of the reported aggravated robbery refused to cooperate with the investigation and refused a report once the vehicle was recovered.