Beyond The Badge – Officer Sarah Friedrichs

Beyond The Badge – Officer Sarah Friedrichs

OFC. Friedrichs grew up in Perry, Kansas and graduated from Perry Lecompton High School. Right after high school she began studying Criminal Justice at Washburn University.

In 2009, she joined the Topeka Police Department. Since beginning with the department she has worked in patrol, in the traffic unit, with hit and runs, and is a part of the Accident Reconstruction Team.

sarahOFC. Friedrichs says her interest in law enforcement began when she went on a ride along with her brother-in-law who was a deputy in Jefferson County. She enjoys that each day at TPD is different and brings a new challenge. Her favorite part of being an officer is meeting and helping people, and knowing she’s making a difference in her community. The best part for her is seeing relief on the faces of crime victims she impacts.

She’s currently finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. When she’s not busy at work or school she enjoys spending time with her husband (who is also a TPD Officer), their young daughter, and are actively involved in their church.

Officer Friedrichs is a wonderful asset to our department and the Topeka community, and we thank her for her service!

Attempt to Identify

aticochranTOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest related to the homicide of Curt A. Cochran which occurred on May 9, 2016. Any information on this suspect please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit ( or TPD DET Lance Green ( or call #785 368 9569 or Crime Stoppers at #785 234-0007.

Beyond the Badge – Officer Robert Razo

Beyond the Badge – Officer Robert Razo

Officer Robert Razo grew up in California and moved to Kansas in 1994 with his family. He joined the Topeka Police Department in 2002 and has served in many facets such as on patrol, as a Community Policing Officer, in the narcotics unit, and as a Field Training Officer.

In addition to serving as a law enforcement officer, OFC Razo is also a 2nd Lieutenant in the Kansas National Guard with the 35th military police, where he’s served for over 10 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Colorado National Guard.

OFC. Razo holds bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Corrections with a minors in sociology and psychology from Washburn University. He also holds an MBA emphasizing planning and control from Friends University, and is currently working towards his PhD at Trident University. In Business. He also holds a certification in Public Management and Leadership Training through The University of Kansas.

When he’s not busy at work or in school, he volunteers his time with the Kansas National Guard Association, Sheepdog Impact Assistance, and fundraising for natural disasters.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and his son who has Autism.

OFC. Razo is a wonderful asset for our department and community. Thank you for your service and dedication!razo

TPD is Accepting Applications For 39th Citizens’ Academy

Topeka Police Department is accepting applications for its 39th Citizens’ Academy
The Topeka Police Department will accept applications for its 39th Citizens’ Police Academy. This is the 19th year the department has offered this popular program!
Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning August 10th, 2016. There are two optional sessions : for a tour of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections ,and a FUN DAY to allow participants to experience emergency driving, the firearms range and demonstrations from the K-9 Unit. 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 and mailed to:
Topeka Police Department
Attn: Liz Toyne – Citizens’ Academy
320 S. Kansas Ave, Ste 100
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Attempt to Locate – Hartz

The Topeka Police Department requests the public’s assistance in seeking a person of interest. Cornelius Allen Hartz, 34, of Topeka is wanted for questioning in relation to an Aggravated Robbery that occurred at Academy Sports on July 18, 2016.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or information related to the incident contact Detective Lance Green at 785-368-9569 or
Caution should be used as Hartz was armed with a semi-automatic handgun at the time of the incident.hartz