Beyond the Badge – SGT Robert Simmons
SGT Simmons was born and raised in Topeka, KS. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University.
He started his career with TPD in 2006. He spent his first 3 years in patrol on 2nd shift before moving on to become a Community Policing Officer. After about 2 years serving in that role he became the School Resource Officer for Chase Mi…ddle School. Shortly after that he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and spent 3 years back in Patrol working the majority of that time on 2nd Shift, and a short stint on 3rd Shift. He has since returned to Community Policing and is the Sergeant of the East Community Policing Unit and also supervises the ATV unit.
Over the course of his career he has served in many different roles. Currently he is in his 2nd year as a Field Training Supervisor. He has also been a physical training instructor for our academy since 2008 and a firearms instructor since 2013. He teaches Community Policing and Crime Prevention for our Recruit Academy and Citizen’s Academy and complete several other presentations for the community throughout the year.
Previously, he spent 4 years as an Advisor and Instructor for our TPD Explorer Post. He was a Defensive Tactics Instructor for 3 years, a recruiter for 8 years, and served on several different TPD committees.
He became interested in law enforcement at a very young age. There were several people and circumstances in his life that influenced him to pursue this career; towards the top of that list is his Dad. He taught SGT Simmons to always have great respect for our military and law enforcement and he knew early on that he wanted to enter a profession that he and his family would be proud of. He says one of the best parts of his job is having the opportunity to help people during their time of need, interacting with people in the community and being able to do something different every day.
SGT Simmons is a board member for the TPD Health Benefit Fund, and was also appointed by Mayor Larry Wolgast to serve on the Shawnee County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Washburn University teaching an Introduction to Law Enforcement class.
Above anything else, SGT Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys training and competing in powerlifting. He also likes to run, swim, and do pretty much anything else to help stay in shape.
SGT Simmons is an incredible asset to our department and the Topeka community and we thank him for his hard work and dedication!