School Resource Officers: SRO’s are assigned to all six USD 501 Middle Schools. These officers are many times the gateway to a positive connection with law enforcement for at risk youth, and youth in general. They offer a variety of services to the community including providing education in varying topics, providing a positive role model, assisting the school staff, and providing a bridge from community to police.
Animal Control: The Animal Control Unit is engaged in becoming one of the premiere units handling domesticated animals in the area. These officers have received training in animal cruelty investigation, in driving, in tranquilizers, and are engaged in the community developing educational materials and being onsite participants in community activities. These officers handle vicious animal calls, stray calls, and enforce city ordinances and state statute. Additionally, ACO’s are the primary investigators for animal bites.
Organized Crime and Gang/Vice-Narcotics Units: These officers plan and organize direct dealings and investigations with organized violent criminal elements within our community. These officers usually deal with people who are accustomed to carrying firearms while carrying out their illegal activities. Within these units, our Task Force Officers are supervised and organized to work with the DEA. ATF, and FBI. Working with our federal partners creates a dynamic force multiplier allowing our local department access to federal resources.
Motorcycle Unit: The Topeka Police Department Motorcycle Unit is a primary traffic enforcement unit and will also be used for specific activities that require rapid response, mobility, and the ability to move and/or control traffic and large groups of people.
Bicycle Unit: The Bicycle Unit is an active/proactive resource providing for calls for service, problem solving and policing, community/neighborhood events, and reactive bicycle policing in coordination with the Field Operations Bureau as well as a variety of units within the department and other agencies.
Records/Property/Impound Lot: These units work collaboratively to create the overarching support for the department’s intangible work and being able to represent it in records documentation, control, and storage; evidence tracking, control, and storage; and provide for vehicle evidence storage, tracking, and control as well as create a portal for moving abandoned vehicles from the community streets. These areas are heavily dependent on human interaction and software technologies to bring large amounts of information in as data.
Response Team: This team will be used in specific situations such as the apprehension of suspects, recovery of hostages, and execution of high risk search warrants with consideration of the risk to citizens and police personnel.
Crisis Negotiator Team: Negotiators will create and maintain a professional atmosphere, instill public confidence in the department and provide safety for the public and officers. Their primary responsibilities are to assist other officers with critical incidents that may require negotiations, suicide intervention, or other communication skills.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal: It is the intent of the Topeka Police Department to provide a professional, highly trained and technically skilled Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit that will meet or exceed the needs in the handling and disposal of explosives. This unit is called to render safe and/or remove suspected improvised explosive devices, incendiary devices, explosives, explosive chemicals, pyrotechnics, flares, ammunition, and other hazardous situations. They are capable of providing for legal, proper, and safe transportation, disposal and/or storage of explosives and other items referred to above.
Support Operations Bureau: This bureau is made of twelve full and part-time elements, all requiring best practices training which creates specialized abilities for the officers who are assigned within their area of expertise. These officer assignments with their respective units are considered the “tip of the spear” on organized violent criminals who use guns and market illegal contraband.