Topeka Police Policies

The Topeka Police Department provides online access to department policies that are frequently of interest to the public. These policies are subject to frequent updates based on current best practices in law enforcement or changes in local, state, or federal laws. As changes occur, the most recent policies will be posted on our webpage. Any redactions to these policies are made pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act at KSA 45-215 et seq.

Because it is not possible to anticipate every situation that may arise or to prescribe a specific course of action for any given scenario, these policies are intended to serve as guidelines to direct officers’ actions. All members of this department are expected to exercise common sense and good judgment.

To the extent that department policy may contain provisions more restrictive than state or federal law, such provisions are not intended, nor should they be construed or applied, to create a basis for liability against the City or any of its employees.

Finally, these written publications of the department are only a part of the direction provided to employees. Communications that are directive in nature from supervisory or management personnel have the same authority as written policy.

1.1 Department Manual and Written Directives

1.2 Organization, Command Protocol and Authority

1.3 Values, Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives

1.4 Rules of Conduct for Department Supervisors

1.5 Crime Prevention and Community Programs

1.6 Mutual Aid, Jurisdiction and Taskforces

1.7 Planning and Accreditation

2.1 Fiscal Management, Forfeitures and Funds

2.2 Department Vehicles

2.3 Inspections and Audits

2.4 Recording Devices and Imaging Equipment

2.5 Uniforms, Equipment, ATV and Segway

2.6 Computer Software and Radio Equipment

2.7 Collective Bargaining and Contractual Agreements

2.8 Authorized Weapons, Ammunition and Related Training

2.10 Recording of Law Enforcement Activity

3.1 Employee Injury, Illness and Exposure

3.2 Secondary Employment and Off Duty Enforcement

3.3 Dress Code And Appearance

3.4 Recruitment and Selection

3.5 Training & Career Development

3.6 Evaluations, Promotions and Awards

3.7 Employee Mental/Emotional Wellness

3.8 Performance Management and Grievance Procedures

3.9 Employee Serious Injury, Death and Funerals

3.10 Employee Time and Attendance, Compensation and Benefits

3.11 Social Media

3.12 Shifts, Assignments and Call Back Procedures

3.13 Early Awareness Intervention Program

3.14 Court Notice to Appear/Testify, Subpoenas & Jury Duty

3.16 Military Deployment and Reintegration

4.1 Investigative Procedure-Constitutional Law

4.2 Use of Force

4.3 Use of Force Reporting and Review Team

4.4 Deadly Force – Incident Procedure

4.5 Polygraph Examinations

4.6 Arrest Procedures and Prisoner Transport

4.7 Domestic Matters

4.8 Brady/Giglio Material and Consequent Matters

4.9 Rules of Conduct

4.10 Sexual Assault

4.11 Vehicle Operations

4.12 Missing and Stolen Vehicles

4.13 Investigating Financial Crimes

4.14 Juveniles

4.16 Investigations and Crime Scenes

4.17 Police Reports and Management

4.18 Property and Evidence

4.22 Public Information and Media Relations

4.23 First Aid And Medical Attention

4.24 Preventing Bias-Based Policing

4.25 Topeka Zoo Dangerous Animals Escape Procedure

4.26 Missing Persons

4.27 Behavioral Health Crisis

4.28 Clandestine Lab

4.72 Non-Discrimination

4.73 Limited English Proficiency and Deaf/Hard of Hearing

5.1 Traffic Enforcement

5.2 Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation and Reporting

5.3 Traffic Direction and Motorist Assist

5.4 Vehicle Seizures, Towing and Inventory