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Bicycle Unit

In order to be a member of the unit, officers must pass the qualifications set by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (I.P.M.B.A.). The unit has it own certified instructor and classes are provided yearly for surrounding agencies needing officers trained for police bike units. Training for bike officers includes a firearm course, designed with the bike officer in mind. Our training includes the expertise of our own certified TREK bike mechanic.

Chaplain Program

For nearly 40 years, there has been a Chaplains Program at the Topeka Police Department. These men and women volunteer their time and services to serve and support the community and the employees of the Topeka Police Department. There are twelve chaplains who each have a duty week and provide support to officers and employees. The chaplain assists officers with making unattended death notifications; they will make hospital visits, provide reading material, perform memorial and wedding services if requested and provide counseling to employees and their spouses. For long-term problems, referrals are made.

If you have any questions about the Chaplains Program, please contact 368-9051 or e-mail chaplain@topeka.org.

Impound Lot

The Topeka Police Department operates a vehicle impoundment lot at 322 NW Crane. This is a secured environment with limited access to people with approved business. Released items may be claimed at the impound office. Vehicles and other items that are not claimed will be auctioned either in the monthly impoundment auction or through the contracted auction service.

Hours Of Business

Normal hours - 8:30am to 4:30pm; Monday through Friday. Closed holidays.
Note the office may be closed over a lunch hour depending on staffing levels. Please call ahead if you need to come in between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to make sure when someone will be available to help you.

Phone Numbers

785-368-9230
785-368-9264 (fax)

Process For Claiming Impound Vehicle: the Registered Owner Must Present:

  • Current, valid registration and tag
  • Current, valid insurance
  • A valid drivers license or state issued photo ID card

If some of the necessary documents cannot be found, you will be required to obtain new originals from the appropriate agencies. As a rule, we DO NOT release property from any vehicle. The property goes with the vehicle. You must present a valid drivers license in order to drive a vehicle off the lot.

If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, in addition to the above documents you must also have an affidavit from the owner, dated, signed and notarized authorizing release of the vehicle to you. The notarized authorization may be no more than one week old.

K-9 Unit

The Topeka Police Departments K-9 program started in 1960. At 40-plus years, it is one of the oldest K-9 Units in the United States.

During the tenure of the program the Department has utilized German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, Czech Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois for training as K-9 partners.

The dogs are selected and trained by the Kansas Highway Patrol Police Service Dog Unit.

Training

The dogs and the Officer Handlers undergo an intensive 10-week training program to become proficient at their work. They are taught obedience, patrol skills, along with narcotic and explosive detection skills. After their 10-week basic school the dogs are certified under the International Police Dog Standard.

K-9 teams perform many tasks to assist police officers in their jobs:

  • Tracking - scent detection of human scent and following the footsteps of an individual who has left an area on foot to search for lost persons.
  • Building searches to locate individuals who may be hiding inside a structure.
  • Assist in the capture of dangerous criminals by trailing their path of travel.
  • Conduct area searches to detect fleeing hiding criminals.
  • Assist in evidence recovery by detecting a human scent which has been transferred to items recently handled by humans. Items can be located in any indoors or outdoors setting.
  • Perform article searches after a crime has occurred such as searching for shell casings after a shooting in areas sometimes as large as a football field.
  • Back up their officer partners on all types of patrol calls.
  • Assist with narcotics detection. The narcotics detection trained K-9s are often called to search vehicles and houses when requested by an officer and backed by probable cause for the presence of illegal drugs or contraband. The drug dogs are trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin odors.
  • Protect their assigned handler.
  • Trained to search and detect explosive devices, including bombs.

If you would like to schedule a demonstration to learn more about the K-9 Unit and their functions please contact the Topeka Police Department, SGT Guy Gardner, 785-368-9495.

School Resource Officer Program

Topeka's School Resource Officer (SRO) program was implemented in the 1994-1995 school year as part of the Topeka Police Department's focus on helping maintain a safe learning environment for students in the Topeka Public School District.

A Topeka Police Department School Resource Officer fills many different roles within their schools:

  • A proactive law enforcement officer dealing with law related issues on campus.
  • Provides students with a positive role model, and a balanced realistic view of law enforcement.
  • Serves as an educational resource for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The SRO goes into the classroom as a guest instructor to teach law-related topics.
  • A member of the administrative team, assisting in solving problems and serving on the school's crisis management team.

The Topeka Police Department SRO's practice a "triad" concept within the schools. This concept has been widely accepted as the model for school based officers. The triad concept divides the SRO's responsibilities into three areas: Teacher, Counselor, and Law Enforcement Officer.

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