Behind the Badge

We’re starting a new segment here at the TPD called “Behind the Badge” in which we highlight the people who stand behind those who wear the badge. This is just another way to get to know your Topeka Police Department!

Behind the Badge – Elizabeth Toyne, Volunteer Coordinator

Liz grew up in Topeka and attended Shawnee Heights schools. After graduating from high school she attended Allen County Community College and the University of Phoenix, earning her bachelor’s degree inPsychology.

Before joining us at the Topeka Police Department, Liz worked for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, as a camp counselor, at the Velma K. Paris Community Center where she was the Director of day camps, and at Old Prairie Town where she was the Volunteer Coordinator. This past November, Liz came to work for us as our Volunteer Coordinator. She handles the organization and implementation of the Citizens Academy, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) the Ambassadors, Chaplains, and interns. She also organizes ride alongs and tours of the LEC.

She says the best part of her job is the people she works with. She likes knowing she is able to make an impact and serve her community in this role. It’s important to her to support law enforcement officers, and loves seeing the community’s support in return.

When Liz isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and young son. She’s an active member of her church where she is the Children’s Pastor and part of the Worship Team. She’s still a volunteer at Old Prairie Town and a great baker.

Liz is a wonderful part of Team TPD and we thank her for her time and hard work!13880397_1040559345999769_644682858032135254_n

Attempt to Identify

On August 2nd, 2016, two unknown male suspects stole store merchandise from the Dillon’s, located at 5211 SW 22nd Place, in Topeka, Kansas & then ran from loss prevention. 
Any information on this suspects please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit (criminalintelligence@topeka.org) or LT Bryan Wheeles (bwheeles@topeka.org) or call #785 368 9576 or Crime Stoppers at #785 234 000713902636_1041176902604680_5930624360070772668_n

Attempt to Identify

From July 30th thru August 5th, 2016, two unknown male suspects completed fraudulent financial transactions from Topeka area Dillon’s grocery stores.
Any information on this suspects please Email the TPD Criminal Intelligence Unit (criminalintelligence@topeka.org) or LT Bryan Wheeles (bwheeles@topeka.org) or call #785 368 9576 or Crime Stoppers at #785 234 000713938537_1041141875941516_6115445966327354246_n

Beyond the Badge

We’re starting a new segment here at the TPD called “Behind the Badge” in which we highlight the people who stand behind those who wear the badge. This is just another way to get to know your Topeka Police Department!

Behind the Badge – Rachel Pantos, MBA, Senior Project Manager

Rachel grew up in Topeka and attended Shawnee Heights High School. After high school, she attended Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Human Development, Family Studies, and Social Work. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration from Washburn University.

Before joining us at the TPD, she worked as a teacher, with the Girl Scouts, and at United Way. With the Girl Scouts and while managing a federally funded after-school program Rachel gained experience with local and federal grants.

In 2007, she began with the Department as a grants manager. In 2012 she accepted her current position as Senior Project Manager for the Topeka Police Department. Her job duties include managing several grants, and ensuring that the department remains CALEA compliant. CALEA is the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It is an international program that sets the highest standards for the operation of law enforcement. These standards range from how we handle traffic stops to HR issues.

Rachel says what she enjoys most about her job is that she is in a position that allows her to affect change, and help better our community by keeping the department compliant, which ensures we are the best of the best.

Rachel does a great job, and we thank her for all her hard work!13876180_1040380882684282_2942433193278224651_n