TPD Deputy Chief speaks to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve group

Deputy Chief Darin Scott presented to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on behalf of the TPD. The Department has many employees, officers and civilians who serve our country through the Armed Forces. Deputy Chief Scott spoke to the support our employees have in the TPD and the immense pride in their service-both to community and country.

TPD to begin 41st Citizens Academy

Topeka Police Department is accepting applications for its 41st Citizens’ Academy
The Topeka Police Department will accept applications for its 41st Citizens’ Police Academy. This is the 21st year the department has offered this popular program!
Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning August 2nd, 2017. There are two optional sessions : for a tour of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections ,and a FUN DAY to allow participants to experience the firearms range and demonstrations from the K-9 Unit, as well as participating in a simulated Shoot/Don’t Shoot scenario training. Upon completion of the course participants will graduate with a certificate of attendance.
Citizens attending will be exposed to the problems and challenges faced by law enforcement and learn how their police department meets those challenges. Participants will learn about various aspects of the Police Department including field operations, investigative divisions, crisis negotiations, bomb disposal, crime scene investigation, crime prevention, school programs and much more!
If you or anyone you know, who is over 18 years of age is interested in attending, contact Liz Toyne at (785)368-9237. Media are also invited to participate in these classes. There is limited space available and seats fill quickly, so turn your applications in soon!
Applications can be picked up at the Topeka Police Department or downloaded from the City of Topeka web site at’s-Academy.aspx and mailed to:
Topeka Police Department
Attn: Liz Toyne – Citizens’ Academy
320 S. Kansas Ave, Ste 100
Topeka, Kansas 66603


Do you know what a Law Enforcement Explorer is?
This is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America for youth 14-21 to EXPLORE the profession of Law Enforcement. The TPD has had an EXPLORER post since the 1960’s!
These youth meet once a week to learn about different aspects of Law Enforcement through classroom time and hands on practicals. There are also competitions each year that bring together Explorer Posts from around the region to compete in police-related events.
Topeka hosted the CAPITAL CHALLENGE this past weekend with over 100 people in attendance from Oklahoma, Colorado, Olathe and Overland Park Explorer Posts.
In the end, congratulations to Aurora, Colorado Post for placing 1st in 4 Categories- Brighton, Colorado placed 1st in 2 categories, Tulsa, Oklahoma placed 1st in 4 categories.
Tulsa Police Department Aurora Police DepartmentBrighton Police DepartmentOverland Park Police DepartmentOlathe Police Department

Back at SRO Summer Camp….

Why do the School Resource Officers host summer camps? Because relationships with students don’t end with the school year. They must be fostered year round- with known students and NEW students. With students who have personal challenges and students who are role models and peers to other students.

The typical week of a SRO Camp may include presentations from the Bomb Squad, K9 Unit,Response Team, Emergency Management, and from partnering agencies such as the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Topeka Zoo, the Topeka Fire Department and the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. But there are also lessons throughout the week- on texting and driving, and alcohol abuse. Not to mention the untold number of informal lessons learned while meeting new people and learning new things.

Today the participants learned about the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex and the gear they sometimes have to wear. 

Temple Beth Shalom honors TPD Officers

On Sunday at 1030 hours members of the Temple Beth Sholom honored TPD’s CPT Klumpp and Community Police Officer Michael Hendricks for their dedication and diligence in working with them.

“Temple Beth Sholom is very grateful to the Topeka Police Department who has, from the very top management to the officers who have protected us at every turn, supported us without question and for the bond that we have forged between those being honored and the Jewish community in Topeka.” – Len Richter 


TPD Detective inducted into Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame

Longtime Special Olympics advocate and local facilitator for the Law Enforcement Torch Run got what she deserved recently. While in Maize supporting her athletes at the state track and field games June 3rd, an announcement was made to the crowd at the conclusion of the games in the Maize High School gym. To her surprise, Detective Kristi Powell had been selected to be a new inductee into the Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame!!  She took it in stride and the TPD is extremely proud of her commitment to our community- Congratulations Kristi!