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Department Structure

Our department is organized into two divisions, Patrol and Support Services Division, and a Special Projects and IT team.

Patrol Division

Commander: Major Frank Ise
The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible part of our department. It includes the following units: uniformed patrol, animal control, bicycle unit, crisis negotiations team, canine unit, school resource officers, tactical team, traffic safety, and the training unit.

Animal Control Unit

Animal Control officer talking to a family​​​The Animal Control Unit is staffed by three civilian officers who take pride in their profession and enjoy being a resource to their community. Animal Control officers enforce city animal ordinances pertaining to pet ownership, respond on animal complaints, investigate animal bites and take lost pet reports from residents.

Animal Control participates in several City festivals throughout the year, including the annual Tails on the Trails event, to promote responsible pet care and celebrate the pets in our community. Although Animal Control does not trap and remove nuisance wildlife, unless the animal is ill or injured, officers are available to answer questions and conduct presentations to local elementary schools to educate students about urban wildlife. ​

Bicycle Unit

Two officers on bicyclesOur Bicycle Unit is staffed during the spring, summer and fall. These officers have various duties during the course of their 10-hour shift. Utilizing their patrol bicycles, the officers are able to access areas where a patrol car is limited. We are fortunate to have a vast network of trails for walking and jogging that citizens enjoy every day. The bicycle officers have the ability to ride these trails, which gives an enhanced level of security and protection. When not on the trails, the officers will target their efforts to specific areas which seem to have a disproportionate amount of criminal activity.​

Crime-Resistant Community Policing Unit

Officers talking to senior citizensOur Community Policing Unit is comprised of crime prevention, crime analysis, warrants, at-risk offender programs and various community outreach programs. The goal of the Community Policing Unit is to bring police, residents, and other agencies or organizations to work together to identify and find the causes for various neighborhood problems. Once these problems are identified, the unit develops responses based on the problems’ causes. Responses are typically joint police-community actions, which may involve participation by other city departments such as parks and code enforcement, outside agencies, social organizations and others.​

The Lenexa Police CRCP unit was created in 1995 to help deal with illegal activity and quality of life issues that occur in our hotels and apartment communities. The CRCP unit is comprised of 10 officers. These officers respond to complaints from residents and property managers, conduct follow up investigations, look for signs of criminal activity or patterns, and take the appropriate action. CRCP Officers work closely with each property to address problems and continue a partnership with the community.​

Crime Analyst Unit

Woman at a computerThe Crime Analysis Unit works to identify trends in crime and disorder through tactical, strategic, administrative, and operational analysis. These efforts keep officer safety a priority, aid in deploying resources, and assist in identifying and apprehending suspects. The unit supports our community by maintaining the public crime map and working closely with the crime prevention unit.​​

Crisis Negotiations Team

Large tour bus​​T​he Crisis Negotiations Team is a support element of the Tactical Unit and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to high-risk incidents such as barricaded subjects or hostage situations. The team consists of seven negotiators and two tactical dispatchers. Team members have received specialized training involving hostage negotiations and ​critical incidents involving persons experiencing an emotional crisis or mental illness.

Directed Enforcement Unit

MarijuanaFour detectives and one supervisor are assigned to the Directed Enforcement Unit, which is utilized for a variety of different response actions and proactive enforcement. Some of the crimes investigated involve narcotics investigations, prescription drug crimes, prostitution/vice, Internet crimes against children, human trafficking, and proactive response patrol and surveillance to aid in burglary, theft crimes and others. When not in reactionary response, the Unit will conduct proactive criminal interdiction. Two of the investigators in this Unit work primarily narcotics-related crimes, including in an undercover capacity.​

Honor Guard

Officers in an honor guardThe Lenexa Police Honor Guard is comprised of eight members and serves the law enforcement community by honoring our fallen brothers/sisters who have gone before us, respecting the survivors, and paying tribute to the profession. They also serve the community by presenting a Police Color Guard at local Kansas City metropolitan functions, which has included but is not limited to, Kansas City Royals baseball games, Johnson County Regional Police Academy graduations and the Lenexa Spinach Festival.

K9 Unit

Officer and a dog on a leashThe K9 Unit is currently a member of the National Police Canine Association (NPCA) and completes an annual national certification in patrol and narcotics. Our K9 Unit has been recognized by the NPCA with awards for Patrol and Narcotics competitions at national seminars.

We were the first working K-9 unit in Johnson County. It was started in 1972 by Officers Paul Lee and David Mann. Currently, the unit is made up of three canine teams. All three K9s are dual purpose and specially trained in criminal apprehension and narcotics detection. The canines are also used to help locate missing and endangered persons, conduct article searches and perform public demonstrations. The K-9 Unit averages over 250 deployments per year.

School Resource Unit

Officer talking to kids on bikesThe School Resource Unit consists of certified National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) assigned to work primarily in the seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the City of Lenexa. They cover four school districts: the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, De Soto School District, Olathe School District and Shawnee Mission School District.

We assign school resource officers to work in collaboration with school administrations to promote a safe educational environment for all. There are three basic functions of a School Resource Officer: law enforcement officer (dealing with any law and safety/public order related issues), informal counselor (for students, parents and staff), and guest teacher (for instruction in law related educations, violence prevention/diffusion, safety programs, internet safety, bullying, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention, citizenship and other areas).​

Tactical Unit & Tactical Support Team

Officers entering a homeThe Tactical Unit is comprised of highly dedicated men and women. The Tactical Team includes tactical operators, crisis negotiators, K9 officers, technical support, tactical dispatchers and armored rescue vehicle operators. The Tactical Unit is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to high risk incidents such as barricaded subjects, hostage situations, high risk warrant service, dignitary protection and any incident deemed a higher risk than routine policing.​​

The Tactical Support Team (TST) is a support element of the Tactical Unit. TST members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to high-risk incidents such as barricade subjects, hostage situations, high risk warrant services, dignitary protection and any incident deemed a higher risk that routine policing. 

Tactical Rescue Vehicle

TST members are responsible for operating armored vehicles, maintaining electronic tools, helping with perimeter/scene security, and supplement entry manpower if needed. TST attend unique and specific training, while also training alongside the Tactical Unit.









Traffic Safety Unit

Officer on a motorcycleThe Lenexa Traffic Unit (TSU) is a line of support that provides technical expertise to the department in the areas of accident investigation, drunk and/or impaired driving detection and arrest and the operation of speed detection. In addition, the traffic unit is dedicated to keeping Lenexa roadways safe and constantly moving during delays, reroutes and accident scenes. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

TSU officers aggressively saturate the roadways and participate in safety programs such as Click it or Ticket, DUI saturation patrols and underage drinking campaigns. The unit also investigates citizen complaints of speeding vehicles, illegal parking and other traffic related issues. In addition, the unit also conducts CVSA days, where commercial motor vehicles are inspected and weighed to ensure the safety of our roadways.

During appropriate riding weather the unit will use motorcycles to enforce traffic laws. During these times their primary duties are traffic complaint enforcement, high congestion traffic control and enforcement and accident reduction enforcement. When given the opportunity, the motor unit also participates in escorts and special event traffic control. Our motorcycle officers have won awards during local, national and international training events and skills competitions.

Officers within the traffic unit also possess varying skill levels of accident investigation that range from advanced investigator to reconstructionist. These officers are relied upon to investigate fatal and serious injury accidents. These officers are subject to call whenever the need arises.​​

Training Unit

Two officers at a gun rangeWe have a strong commitment to training our personnel and believe we makes them safer and more effective in the performance of their duties. Our full-time training unit consists of one sergeant and two master police officers. This unit is responsible for coordinating and providing all training to sworn officers. This includes firearms skills,​ defensive tactics, emergency driving, legal issues, crime scene processing, interview / interrogation, and many other skills used daily by officers. The Training Unit has several different training venues at their disposal, including an interactive firearms simulator, an indoor range, an outdoor situational training site and several classrooms. The Training Unit also reviews all uses of force by officers, to ensure that training is current, relevant and effective.​​

Uniformed Patrol

Officer performing a traffic stopOur Uniformed Patrol provides an immediate response to emergency situations on a 24-hour basis. In conjunction with its emergency response capability, we are committed to maintaining a continuous preventive-patrol function within the community. The Patrol Division is responsible for front-line service to the public.

Lenexa Patrol Officers are encouraged to utilize proactive patrol aimed at recognizing problem areas and preventing criminal activity by intelligent and aggressive patrol techniques. Our Patrol Division works to develop a positive relationship with citizens based on cooperation and understanding to foster an open, trusting relationship. This includes traffic enforcement, response to calls for service from the public, and the detection and investigation of crimes through daily patrol procedures. Our mission is to provide quality public service based on high ethical and professional standards by working in partnership to protect and serve the community with professionalism, integrity and honor.​

Support Services Division

Commander: Major David Brown
The Support Services Division is an integral part of our law enforcement response to crime and public safety. From answering 911 calls and helping officers respond efficiently and safely, to follow-up investigations and document and evidence management, we work closely with our partners and community to maintain a safe and vibrant community. The Support Services Division is comprised of dispatch, public service officers, general assignment detectives, financial crime detectives, special victim detectives, crime analytics, and technical services.

Dispatch

Police dispatcherThe Communications Unit is comprised of highly skilled Police Dispatchers who are dedicated to public/officer safety, criminal apprehension and customer service. They are the primary 9-1-1 public safety answering point (PSAP) for the City of Lenexa, receiving calls from the public and dispatching officers to where help is needed. They also assist police officers with information gathering using multiple databases.

If you are interested in learning more about the Communications Unit, including applicant qualifications, training, and what we do, download our communications brochure (PDF)​.

How to apply 

Step 1

  1. Fill out our standard dispatcher application

  2. ​We will automatically disqualify certain individuals based on our list of automatic disqualifiers. Questions regarding the qualifications can be directed to the Communications Unit Manager by calling 913.825.8006.

Looking ahead

  • Personal Hi​story St​atement

  • Typing test (40 wpm)

  • Standardized written test

  • Oral board interview

  • Polygraph examination

  • Background investigation

  • Chief's interview

  • Post-conditional offer psychological examination

  • Post-conditional offer physical exam/drug screen

General Assignment Detectives

Man with a camera taking pictures of evidence​​The General Assignment Unit is comprised of a sergeant and five detectives who investigate property crimes and crimes against people. These detectives seek advanced training to facilitate the investigation of crimes such as theft, battery/assault, robbery and murder. A general assignment detective receives daily case assignments to investigate. The cases come from crime reports submitted primarily by members of the Patrol Division, station officers or sometimes outside criminal justice agencies. Cases are investigated by reviewing and developing leads within each criminal offense report. Case development relies on an investigator's skills in crime scene processing, interviewing victims and witnesses, surveillance and questioning of criminal suspects. General assignment detectives frequently work in teams and are encouraged to involve officers in the Patrol Division to assist in criminal investigations.​​

High-Tech Crimes

Money and handcuffsTwo detectives are assigned to investigate high-tech and fraud/forgery-related crimes. Regarding high-tech crimes, the detectives conduct computer analysis and work on Internet-related investigations. This includes investigating Internet complaints from the National White Collar Crime Center, conducting forensic examinations of computers and other storage devices and investigating computer crimes to include unauthorized access to computer networks. Regarding fraud/forgery, the detectives investigate cases involving identity theft, forgery and various types of fraud ranging from check fraud to corporate embezzlement cases.​

Police Information Technology

Man in front of a computer​​The PD-IT staff works diligently to keep the department on the cutting edge of technology, providing procurement, integration and ongoing maintenance and support of many and varied systems that support and enhance the abilities of the officers in the field, investigators and support staff. These technologies include computer-aided dispatch, records management system, ELSAG (our license plate reader platform), e-ticketing, crime mapping, mobile data terminals, and the city's ever​-expanding traffic and security camera network.​​

Police Volunteers

Volunteer giving a ticketWe maintain a vibrant and productive cadre of civilian volunteers to assist the commissioned officers and other employees of the department in a variety of duties and tasks that further the mission of the police department. Volunteers are recruited from the ranks of those citizens who have completed the Citizen's Police Academy. Current volunteer activities include warrant resolution, clerical assistance, municipal court hosting, range assistance, sign abatement, parking control, traffic studies, and conducting guided tours of the police facility.​

Public Service Officers/Records

​​​Woman looking at a red carThe Public Service Officer Unit is comprised of civilian employees that carry out a number of critical functions within the Police Department. They are often the first point of contact for citizens seeking police services and are empowered to take both offense and vehicle accident reports. They are the custodians of the department’s official records and as such receive and fulfill requests for records, perform expungements, and ensure compliance with state and federal statutes regarding the handling and dissemination of police records. Members of this unit are also charged with the day-to-day operation of the property and evidence room.​

Special Victims Unit

Two women talking​​The Special Victims Unit consists of a sergeant and two detectives. The Special Victims Unit concentrates on investigations involving domestic violence, sex crimes, and crimes against children. The detectives assigned to this unit have specialized training in how to investigate these crimes and assist victims of such crimes. The Special Victims Unit works closely with the Department of Children and Families and the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

Child victims are brought to Sunflower House, which is a Children's Advocacy Center that serves as an unbiased resource to the law enforcement and child protective services agencies by providing forensic interviews.

Technical Services

Man in a car​​​The Technical Services Unit is responsible for overseeing the city’s emergency technical systems, police fleet emergency equipment and ensuring that all critical systems used to process emergency calls for service are functioning properly. The unit is also responsible for ongoing maintenance, upgrades and configuration of these systems.

Special Projects and IT

Commander: Major Dawn Layman
The Special Projects and IT team is in charge of all special projects which have to do with not only IT within the Department, but also what technology is used by our officers on the streets. The staff is comprised of not only sworn officers, but also civilian employees.