Divisions

Overview

The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement agency that consists of the Administrative Office and (3) Divisions, and is responsible for transporting prisoners to appear before a judge or stand trial for crimes committed against the state or fellow man.

 

Administrative Office

Ltc. Bob Gunja   |  P: (913) 573-2865

The Administrative Office provides general administrative support to the Sheriff’s Office including recruiting and hiring, background investigations, payroll, purchasing, internal investigations, automation, and budget related functions.

It also provides technical support for Sheriff’s summons, domestic violence, and warrant components and various day-to-day administrative operations.

Operations
Community Support & Services

 

Detention

Adult Detention

Jeffrey Fewell, Jail Warden: (913) 573-2865   |   Email

The Adult Detention Center seeks to provide a safe, secure, and humane environment for correctional staff, deputies, visitors, and persons lawfully incarcerated by the criminal justice system. Staff is also responsible for prisoner transportation, extradition and court security.

The Detention Center shall:

  • Maintain a climate in the facility cognizant of detainee welfare, including social, emotional, and physical needs.
  • Maintain standards with the operation mandates as advocated by Federal, State, and local existing laws and correctional standards.
  • Provide consistent and fair treatment of staff and detainees.
  • Ensure that personnel are prepared and capable of taking responsible action when emergencies occur.
  • Provide a systematic and operational approach for managing staff and detainees without violating individual rights or breaching the security of the facility.

Inmate Programs Offered:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Basic Parenting
  • Basic Financial Planning and Budgeting
  • Bible Study (English & Spanish)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment – Thinking for the Future
  • Health Education Classes
  • Introduction to Commercial Driving
  • iPathways GED
  • Job Skills & Career Exploration
  • Life Skills
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • NIDA Substance Abuse
  • Reading & Literacy
  • Religious Services (English & Spanish)
  • Religious Studies

Additional Information

Bookings & Releases
Detention Center Facts
Adult Detention Staff
Programs
Visitation Schedules

Juvenile Detention

Terri Broadus, Administrator:  P: (913) 573-2900   |   Email

In accordance with the Juvenile Code of the State of Kansas, Wyandotte County operates a detention center which is functional (24) hours a day, 365 days a year, in order to provide a temporary secure facility for youth who are under the jurisdiction of the Court and whose alleged behavior or circumstances constitute a danger to themselves or to the community. They are detained pending action of the Court.

Our Mission:

  • Provide short term care and secure custody to juveniles who are accused of or adjudicated pending court action or awaiting transfer to another facility.
  • Provide for the juveniles' basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, medical care and basic hygiene needs.
  • Prevent the abridgement of the juveniles' legal rights during their detainment at the Detention Center.
  • House assigned juveniles in a safe, human environment, maintaining the level of security necessary to prevent escape and assure that the juveniles are free of fear from assault or intimidation by staff or other juveniles.

                                                
Juvenile detention may provide a child in trouble with the first realization that there are serious consequences to his or her behavior. The Juvenile Detention Center, may by law, assumes temporary custody of a child at a time of crisis in his or her life. Decisions to place a child in detention are made by either a law enforcement officer, or the court, for the purpose of protecting society, protecting the child, or both.

This brief experience with detention staff may determine a child's future attitudes toward society and authority. In short, the detention process itself can have an effect on a juvenile's propensity for crime. Obviously, there are tremendous benefits to be gained by making the detention experience a positive one.

During the period of detention, the detention staff, and the court services officer (C.S.O.), working together, assist and support your child in adapting to the detention experience. Youth are encouraged to exercise self-control and accept responsibility for their own actions while at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Detention is not considered a punishment by some youth detained at the center. It is a temporary restriction on a youth's movements and independent decision making. If your child feels that this restriction is a punishment, then it is, as far as he or she is concerned. It is not punishment if he or she accepts detention as a relief from the pressures of family, school, and community living.

Juvenile detention is not solely the problem of the police and the Juvenile Court. As a parent, it is also your problem. The purpose of the detention staff and the C.S.O. is to help you and your child, rather than to assume your responsibilities. Your cooperation is essential.

Juvenile Detention Center staff are trained professionals employed for the safety and security of your child. All procedures are designed in the best interest of the child.

Additional Information
Contact Information
FAQ
Juvenile Detention Staff
Services

Volunteer Information

Make a difference in someone's life! Volunteer at our Detention Center.

P: (913) 573-2830   |   Email

Operations/Investigations/Judicial Division

Major K. Bailiff: Suite 20 (913) 573-8058Email

The Operations Division serves the citizens of Wyandotte County by providing law enforcement, civil process, and inmate transport services.
 
The division is composed of the following:

  • Civil Process: This unit is assigned four deputies and enforces orders issued by the various courts by serving process, executing judgments, and making returns on the orders.
  • Court Transport: This unit is assigned seven deputies and transports inmates to and from court hearings, maintains courtroom security and accepts custody of individuals on order of the court.
  • Facility Transport-Adult: This unit is assigned two deputies and transports inmates from local and state facilities to Wyandotte County, and transports sentenced inmates from Wyandotte County to state correctional facilities.
  • Criminal Warrants: This unit is assigned three deputies and locates and arrests individuals on criminal and civil warrants and transports them to the detention facility for processing.
  • Delinquent Taxes: This is assigned one deputy and unit collects taxes due by contacting the defendants, serving orders of the court and collecting the monies owed and delivering it to the county treasurer.
  • Evictions: This unit restores real property to the possession of the owner by service of, and enforcement of orders issued by the courts.
  • Probate Services: This unit is assigned one deputy that serves the Probate Court by transporting individuals whom the court has reason to believe are at risk to themselves and/or others.  The patients are located and transported to medical facilities throughout the state and brought to the court on order of the court.
  • Tag Enforcement: This unit is assigned two deputies and enforces the regulations governing vehicle registration by answering citizen complaints, making random road checks, and scheduled tag enforcement checkpoints for proper licensing, registration, and financial security requirements.  The enforcement of these laws helps to ensure payment of personal property tax.
  • Park Law Enforcement: This unit is assigned seven deputies and is responsible for enforcing state laws and local ordinances within the Wyandotte County park system.
  • Investigations: This unit provides the Sheriff’s Office with thorough, consistent and fair investigations on internal and external matters originating in the Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, as well as those investigations originating from the Field Services Division.

Investigations Division

Capt. Andrew Carver: 

The Investigations Division is responsible for investigating all crimes against property and crimes against persons. The duties of these detectives are to conduct follow up investigations of offenses reported to this office. Crimes investigated range from simple theft to homicide. 
 
Several of the detectives have received specialized training in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Crimes Against Children, Missing Children and Child Exploitation
  • Sex Crimes and Child Pornography
  • Computer Crimes
  • Property Crimes
  • Death Investigations
  • Internal Affairs

Captain Andrew Carver is a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County where he attended and graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of St. Mary.  In 2018, Andrew graduated from Kansas University with his Master of Science in Business and Organizational Leadership.  In November 2018, Andrew also graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Command School and completed the Certified Public Manager program requirements.
 
Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in numerous positions, including Detention and Operations, within the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.  In 2013, Andrew was promoted to the rank of Detective. His duties involved the investigation of Internal Affairs complaints and Criminal Investigations ranging in severity from the lowest misdemeanor crimes to Violent Felony crimes.  Andrew is also a Major Case Investigator with the Kansas City Metropolitan Metro Squad.  As a Detective, Andrew received extensive training in Death and Homicide Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations, Internal Affairs Investigations, Interviewing and Interrogation, and is a Certified in Voice Stress Analysis.  In 2015, Andrew received the Sugar Creek Optimist Club’s Officer of the Year Award for his work in recovering numerous Missing Juveniles.  In December 2016, Andrew was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Investigations Division. 

Judicial

Capt. Tracy McCullough

Patrol

Capt. Tracy McCullough
Capt. Brandon Jones

Community Support & Services

Major Daniel Soptic

Training

Conducts Basic Detention Officer training, civilian staff training, and LEO in-service training.

Training topics :

  • Report writing
  • Inter-Personal Communications   
  • Facility security
  • OC Spray
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Basic Firearms
  • Self Defense
  • Ethics
  • Developing a 40 hour annual In-Service which maintains the certification of each officer as specified and/or required by the Department and/or the State of Kansas.
  • Scheduling various Specialized Schools for staff members.
  • Ordering, maintaining, and issuing police equipment for recruit officers.
  • Insuring state standards and qualifications are met for each officer.
  • Ensures each officer knows how to handle and qualifies with their assigned weapon(s)
  • To train the officers to serve the public in a consistent, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Other staff members of the Sheriff’s Office as well as outside instructors assist the Training Division staff by providing instruction to students / staff.
  • With inter-agency cooperation, classes are often conducted off site allowing for a large diverse availability of topics.

Reserve Unit

JIAC (Juvenile Intake & Assessment Center)

Records Unit

Offender Registration Unit

Concealed Carry

 

S.E.R.T

Undersheriff Larry Roland   |   Email

The Sheriff’s Office manages the incarceration of adult and juvenile offenders in the local county detention centers and provide for their safety therein.  Therefore, in the event of offender unrest/criminal activity occurring within the detention facilities, the Sheriff’s Office has historically maintained a specialized unit of officers trained to provide strategic intervention.  This specialized unit of officers is in the process of evolving into the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team.

Specifically, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) is designed to provide specialized public safety services to local courts, corrections and law enforcement agencies, as well as to the community at large.

The S.E.R.T. has five primary objectives: 
  • Provide specialized law enforcement intervention specific to the pursuit and capture of those criminals involved in drug and/or terrorist activities.
  • Provide tactical support to local law enforcement agencies.
  • Pursue and apprehend high risk/violent offenders on warrant status.
  • Respond to citizens concerns regarding suspected criminal activity in a pro-active and time sensitive manner.
  • Provide tactical intervention to quell unrest/criminal activity within the local detention centers.

The most recently recognized and greatest threat to our citizens comes from organized terrorist activities. This most recent threat, along with the criminal activities that continue to be associated with the drug trade, require us to be vigilant in our pursuit of those who would do our citizens most harm and maintain a level of preparedness adequate to intervene as required. The S.E.R.T. team will provide the kind of highly trained, specialized law enforcement response necessary to for us to best serve our community.

In addition, as we have historically maintained a tactical team in a state of preparedness to primarily manage unrest within the detention centers, the development of the S.E.R.T. will allow this specialized training to be utilized not only within the confines of the detention centers, but will allow for expansion of services to the citizens of the county and the law enforcement community.  The investment into the ongoing specialized training, equipment needs, personnel, etc. of the S.E.R.T. will now reap a much larger return as our mission and objectives have expanded in response to the needs of the community.

Wyandotte County currently has over 870 outstanding criminal felony warrants.  The S.E.R.T. team will have the training and resources necessary to pursue and apprehend those felons deemed to be “high risk” offenders, reducing public safety risk to the community.  In addition, community members may report suspected criminal activity to the Office of the Sheriff.  The S.E.R.T. may be utilized to investigate if, in fact, the alleged crimes are being committed and develop a tactical plan to intervene upon those activities in a proactive and time sensitive manner.

Currently, two of the three cities located with the boundaries of the county, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, do not have specialized tactical units available via their respective local police departments.  The S.E.R.T. may be utilized by those cities to “fill in the gap” of resources available to those local police departments in the event they have need of a tactical unit.