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Women Working for LPD

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The Lenexa Police Department has a proud history of supporting women in law enforcement. Approximately 12% of full-time law enforcement officers in the United States are female. Currently, females comprise 14% of our sworn officers in Lenexa.

We have females in positions from Patrol Officer to Deputy Chief, and in specialized units such as Investigations, Directed Patrol, and School Resource.

If you are a female interested in law enforcement, we hope these bios below of some of our female officers encourage and motivate you to pursue your career goals with the Lenexa Police Department.


Ellen Hanson, Retired 

First female officer in department's history 

Ellen Hanson headshot photo.Ellen Hanson was the first female officer in our department’s history. She began her career as a patrol officer in 1975 as one of just a handful of female police officers in Johnson County. Ellen rose through the ranks of the Lenexa Police Department and in 1991 was named Chief of Police. Chief Hanson was the first female Police Chief in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2010, Chief Hanson was named the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). Chief Hanson retired in 2012 after 37 years with the Lenexa Police Department, including 21 years as Chief of Police.









Deputy Chief Dawn Layman

Dawn Layman headshot photoDeputy Chief Dawn Layman began her career with the Lenexa Police Department in 1993. She has been a patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, watch commander and in 2018 was named Deputy Chief. In 2015, Deputy Chief Layman was named the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). Deputy Chief Layman has also served as president of NAWLEE. At the Lenexa Police Department, Deputy Chief Layman has been responsible for the implementation of a mentoring program pairing new hires with current employees, body-worn video cameras, a license plate recognition program and a public-private security camera partnership, among other things.








Sergeant Jacy Thompson 

Sergeant Jacy Thompson headshot photo.Sergeant Jacy Thompson has been with the Lenexa Police Department since 2009 and currently serves as a patrol shift supervisor. She began her career as a patrol officer, and has served as a bicycle officer, a crisis negotiator, and a field training officer. In addition to her shift supervisor duties, Sergeant Thompson oversees the Crime Resistant Community Policing program, the Crisis Negotiations Team, the Field Training Unit, and the Peer Support Team.













Detective Shannon Leeper

Detective Shannon Leeper headshot photo. Detective Shannon Leeper began her career with the Lenexa Police Department in 1998 as a civilian Public Service Officer. In 2000, she joined the patrol division as a police officer. Detective Leeper was selected to the Investigations Division in 2005 as a general assignment detective. In 2008, Detective Leeper was instrumental in the creation of our Special Victims Unit (SVU) which investigates domestic violence, sex crimes, and crimes against children. Detective Leeper is recognized as a leader in SVU investigations, speaking to area organizations as well as the regional police academy on this topic.










Master Police Officer Christine Reglin 


Master Police Officer Christine Reglin headshot photo.Master Police Officer Christine Reglin currently serves in our Directed Patrol Unit, focusing on narcotics investigations and trending criminal patterns. MPO Reglin began her career with the Lenexa Police Department in 2012, having previously been an officer in South Carolina. MPO Reglin is also a defensive tactics instructor, and has served as a bicycle officer, a Crime Resistant Community Policing officer, and a field training officer.