Chief Cochran acts on Community input

Chief Cochran acts on Community input
TOPEKA, Kan.- Since being named Interim Chief of Police for the Topeka Police Department Chief Cochran has begun making his vision of police-community relations through grass-root efforts a reality. Immediately, Chief Cochran began by meeting with differing community groups in an environment for dialogue about each group’s concerns and how the TPD can play a part in the solution.
One common concern has been the perception of transparency and accessibility for the TPDs policies. After considering the concern, Chief Cochran has authorized the TPD policies to be accessible through the City of Topeka website on the TPD web page.
This new feature can be found here:
This is only the first step for Chief Cochran in improving the TPD and community relationship that is so vital to the success of any city.
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Contact: LT Colleen Stuart

Robbery to local business in early morning hours

Robbery to local Restaurant in early morning hours
TOPEKA, Kan.- At 3:40 in the morning, a local restaurant at 17th and Wanamaker reported a person armed with a knife had come into the business and demanded money.
The business employees reported a black male approximately 6 ft tall wearing a black mask, black sweatshirt and black jeans showed a knife and demanded money. The individual locked all the employees into a room and then left unknown direction or method of travel with an unknown amount of currency.
On arrival, Topeka Police K-9s began tracking from the business in a southeasterly direction. Officers recovered property from the business several blocks to the east.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Topeka Police Detectives at 368-9400 or CrimeStoppers at 234-0007.

KU Public Management Center graduates 2 TPD from Law Enforcement Leadership Academy

the 4th Class of the partnership between the University of Kansas Public Management Center and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduated after a one year program.
TPD was there to congratulate 2 of our own- LT Jennifer Cross, currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and LT John Sturgeon, currently assigned to the Administration Bureau. Congrats to both LT’s!

Attempt to ID-theft of transport vehicle

On November 2nd 2017 Blackburn Nursery located at 4100 SW Gage reports they were the victim of Burglary and Theft. The suspect stole a green 2001 3510 Diesel Kawasaki Mule, similar to the one shown below. The suspect appears to be a white male with short brown or black hair.

Any info please contact DET DICKEY or CrimeStoppers 234-0007

Local organization donates care items for babies to TPD

Crisis can happen to anyone, at anytime. When people come to the police department for assistance, they dont usually bring with them all of the personal care items they may need- this is especially true when babies come in with the families.
A local group found out about the TPDs need to provide for the little ones who come into the station while their family seeks help.
The WITW Oz Outlawz Chapter” (Women in the Wind-Oz Chapter) donated several packages of diapers, wipes, bottles and pacifiers to the TPD to help out-
a much needed donation that will be put to good use- Thank you much!

Theft of medical equipment from local hospital

On October 13th 2017 two subjects were involved with a theft of Medical Equipment from a local hospital. The suspects were last seen walking north towards SW 8th and Horne.
Any information on these suspects please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit ( or TPD Detective Steve Adkins ( or call him at #785 368-9033
Or contact Crime Stoppers 234-0007

Attempt to Identify for Theft

On October 10th 2017 Dollar General located at 1920 SW 10th Street Topeka KS reports the theft of merchandise from the store. The store reports the below subjects stole multiple jugs of Laundry Detergent. The two left in the dark colored truck shown below.
Any information on these suspects please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit ( or TPD Detective Steve Adkins ( or call him at #785 368-9033 Or contact Crime Stoppers 234-0007