Holiday Toy Drive (12/27/2017)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office recently completed its annual Holiday toy drive, dropping off numerous toys for local children. This toy drive is accomplished each year with help from our community partners, the Sheriff’s Office employees and the Local Fraternal Order of Police, Northeast Kansas #46. The second photo shows Sheriff Dedeke with both Santa and Mrs. Claus at the recent Sheriff’s Office Christmas party.

 Red Ribbon Campaign (11/30/2017)

John and Theresa Groves visited with Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies & LVPD officers to kick off the 2017 red ribbon campaign combating DUI driving. The Groves family works hard every day to educate the public and law enforcement in regards to this issue. Their message was heard by numerous officers and Deputies. We thank them for their dedication and tireless efforts to assist us in the work we do. Watch for the red ribbons on patrol cars, and be safe as you drive this holiday season.

 Welcome (11/30/2017)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office welcomes Mollie Hill to the ranks of the Office. Hill will act as General Counsel dealing with issues relating to legal matters involving the Sheriffs Office. Hill brings with her over (15) years of prosecution experience in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office where she handled a heavy case load of felony cases, including high profile murder cases.

Duties will include training matters, case review, and input on policy implementation regarding legal matters and working to resolve litigation against the office. Mollie is excited to be a part of the Sheriff’s Office overall goal of partnership with the community.

 Happy Thanksgiving! (11/20/2017)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Buckle up and drive safe.

 Graduation Ceremony (11/20/2017)

Sergeant Tyler Fast (right) poses with Sheriff Andy Dedeke at Tyler’s recent graduation from the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchison, Kansas.

 Veteran's Day Parade Award (11/15/2017)

Robert Oliver, center, John Gable, right
Image courtesy of the Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Master Deputy Robert Oliver is pictured with Lansing PD Officer John Gable. The two officers received awards at last Saturday's Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade. The awards signified their service to the their country and their ongoing service to their respective communities as they work in law enforcement and working to better their communities.

We congratulate Rob in this achievement and thank him for his service.

 Deer (11/13/2017)

After a number of years with diminished numbers of car/deer accidents in Leavenworth County, our numbers on traffic accidents with deer are up this year. Drive carefully! Deer are most active in movement early in the morning and again just before sunset. Commonly moving field to field or between water sources with external factors of hunters in fields or farming also getting deer “on the move”.

The Deputies here at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office remind everyone to drive with caution and buckle up. If you do hit a deer, you can reach the Sheriff’s Office at (913) 682-5724 or (913) 724-1313. Deer tags are available to salvage deer struck on the roadway.

 Parent's University (10/28/2017)

 Prescription Drug TAKE BACK DAY! (10/28/2017)

Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office will be at the CVS Pharmacy located at 4th street and Limit from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. this Saturday. This is a great opportunity to dispose of unused and expired medications.

 Happy Halloween! (10/23/2017)

Sheriff Dedeke and the men and women of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office remind everyone to have a safe Halloween this year. Remember these safety tips:
  • Set a time for your child to be home
  • A parent or responsible party should walk with your child
  • Check all candy before it gets eaten
  • Look both ways before crossing the street
  • Wear reflective clothing or use glow sticks/ flashlights
  • When driving on Halloween night drive slowly and use caution during trick or treat hours

Lt. Eric Thorne, Patrol Commander, greeted approximately 100 plus excited trick or treaters on Friday as they visited the Justice Center. Many creative costumes paraded through the building.

This has been a tradition each year as part of safe trick or treating for the young participants.

 Citizen's Academy Update (10/18/2017)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office recently completed the third annual LVSO Citizens Academy.

Each year we meet interesting people and have a chance to work with them over the course of the citizens academy and answer their questions regarding law enforcement. Once again we had a great group of participants and look forward to next year.

 Citizen's Academy Update (10/5/2017)

Participants in the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy got a chance to try their hand at breaching a door with a tactical ram recently during a field day exercise during this year's academy.

This marks the third year in a row that the Sheriff's Office has put on the citizens academy. This year's group of students has been very engaged in the class. This week's session deals with investigations and crime scene investigation.

 Union Pacific Public Railroad Safety Campaign (9/27/2017)

Union Pacific Railroad recently launched a public railroad safety campaign to educate drivers and pedestrians about the importance of using caution near railroad tracks. We invite you to help us increase safety by sharing the attached video spots on yourwebsite, Facebook and Twitter feeds. This week is National Rail Safety week, and with all the coverage of our efforts to raise rail safety awareness, now would be a great time to share.

Viewers follow hurried drivers tempted to race trains across railroad tracks and choose their ending by clicking “cross” or “don’t cross” options in the Your Life is Worth the Wait videos. Each choice leads to different endings illustrating the importance of waiting for trains to pass. Try choosing your ending at

Animated videos explain that trains are not as loud as most people think and highlight the dangers of taking photos on railroad tracks. Check them out at Thanks for helping Union Pacific keep our community safe.

Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office remind everyone to drive safely regarding train crossings. Leave yourself extra time when your commute takes you on a roadway with a train crossing, be patient and wait until the crossing arms have lifted. Be smart, be safe.


On Tuesday September 5th , 2017 the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office held a brief ceremony implementing a new position within the agency. Ten Deputies were reclassified to the newly created position of Master Deputy. These officers made application for the position and exhibited all of the requirements for the position. A Master Deputy is not only expected to be a leader in their division or shift but within the community as well. All of these individuals are involved in giving back to the community they serve every day, Sheriff Dedeke and his staff are proud to announce this initial posting of ten Master Deputies.

 COUNTY FAIR TIME (7/24/2017)

It's Fair time again!

Please note the Leavenworth County Fair gets underway this week and kicks off Tuesday night with the Fair Parade. Reminder: the parade route crosses 24-40 highway in Tonganoxie. As always this will cause a delay in the evening commute for traffic around Tonganoxie, we remind you to allow extra time for your commute. Fair traffic will continue to be brisk throughout the week as events take place at the Fairgrounds and as livestock trailers are hauled into and away from the area. Please use caution and again allow extra time for any delays.

Enjoy the fair!

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY (7/24/2017)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is preparing for its third annual citizens academy. Law enforcement is a calling, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like this is your chance. Our goal is to offer a learning environment that helps us to build on our mission to “Partner with our community.”

The citizens academy is a (8) eight week course of interactive instruction that will allow you a glimpse into the Sheriff’s Office few are able to get. We look forward to the opportunity to get to know the community members who accept this challenge, these students learn from us and we in turn get a chance to learn from them.

You will be able to network with the students in the class as you learn about crime scene processing, accident investigation, fingerprinting, patrol procedures, Sheriff’s Office History and many more topics. The class takes place Thursday nights for (8) eight weeks 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. beginning August 24th. This course also includes one Saturday session at the Sheriff’s Office range with equipment demonstrations and Tactical team demos.


Principal Tim Beying welcomed honored guests to the 2017 DARA graduation at Pleasant Ridge Elementary on Wednesday May 24, 2017 to a full house honoring the 5th grade whome completed the DARA program. Undersheriff Major Jim Sherley congratulated the students on behalf of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Guests included Kansas State DARE coordinator David Burlew from the Attorney General's Office, guest Speaker Deputy Mark Lingenfelser, Lt. Josh Patzwald, Corporal John McEvoy, Corporal Megan Mance, Commissioner Robert Holland, Megan Williams from the County Attorney's Office and seven role models.

The DARE program teaches skills to make positive choices in life and to stay drug and alcohol free.


This week, Leavenworth County residents have begun to receive through the mail invitations from the Kansas Sheriff’s Association to participate in the Honorary Membership Program. This fundraising-based outreach replaces the traditional approach of contacting prospective supporters by phone, often at inopportune times. The Honorary Membership Program is designed to build bonds between local Sheriffs and the communities they serve, drawing support from individuals and businesses committed to the enhancement of public safety and awareness. These community-minded individuals share the core values of effective law enforcement, including crime fighting, community relations, tough laws for criminals, improved criminal justice system, victim rights, and a focus on public service with special emphasis for our youth, elders, and drug awareness.

The Kansas Sheriff’s Association represents all Kansas Sheriffs and their deputies providing for training, legislative interests and special programs. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and its members derive many benefits from this association and is proud to support the Honorary Membership Program. This fundraising campaign is the only fundraising effort recognized by the association and any other solicitations by either mail or telephone on behalf of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association are fraudulent.

In the event a resident desires no further mailers regarding this honorary membership opportunity, they may simply contact the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office at 913-682-5724 and make this request known. The Kansas Sheriff’s Association will be notified and no future correspondence will be sent.

 ROLE MODELS AT PRHS (4/27/2017)

Seven students from Pleasant Ridge High School were chosen as Role Models to visit with the 5th grade DARE students at PRES on April 26,2017. Joining the annual event is Sheriff Dedeke, Deputy Lingenfelser along with Role Models in Deputy Anderson's weekly class. Role Models were chosen by their peers to represent the school and the choice to be drug and alcohol free. The DARE Program teaches skills to make positive choices.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has actively taught DARE since 1990, investing in the future, one child at a time.


The most recent winner of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Quarter is Jaime Lemons, Communications Division (seen photographed with Sheriff Dedeke).

Dispatcher Lemons is a solid partner to work with and has greatly increased her skills and confidence as a Public Safety Telecommunicator. Jaime is a team player, focused on helping individuals who call the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office. Lemons was recently accepted as a Communications Training Officer and is deserving of recognition for her continued excellent work and dedication to this division and the Sheriff’s Office.


Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies Flaherty, Compton, Mance and Phillips carried our nations flag in the recent Leavenworth Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

Great weather and a huge crowd made the parade a success as always.


From 2011 to 2015, a total of 252 lives were lost in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.

Approximately 40% of all fatalities during the St. Patrick’s holiday are alcohol-related.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Patrol reminds everyone to make good sound decisions and pass the keys to a sober driver.

Enjoy the day ~ but be safe.

 IDENTITY THEFT (3/6/2017)

Identity theft has been an issue for law enforcement for some time. the free document shredding service from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office is one way to safeguard yourself from identity thieves. It notes some limitations on the what can be dropped off, “Three small bags or boxes per person”.

This will be available this Tuesday March 7th at the Leavenworth Home Depot from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


The weather for the upcoming weekend looks to be warm, we should see people out and about on motorcycles.

If your headed out for a ride, be safe and cautious. Even with a mild winter watch for salt, sand residue on the roadway.


For information about starting your own Neighborhood Watch Program contact:

The Administrative Support Office
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
601 S. 3rd St Suite 2007
Leavenworth KS 66048

 COLD WEATHER (1/6/2017)

It looks like another cold weekend ahead!

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind pet owners to ensure pets have a safe, warm place to sleep and access to water.

 TRAFFIC ALERT (12/27/2016)

A look at the newly completed K-32 Bridge over I-70/Kansas Turnpike that’s fully open to all traffic.

K-32 Over I-70/Kansas Turnpike Bridge Replacement Project Eastbound and westbound K-32 Bridge I-70/Kansas Turnpike will FULLY OPEN to all traffic, after being closed for nearly ten months for construction of a new replacement bridge.

In early January this year, project work began to replace the existing 310-foot steel girder bridge (with 28-foot wide roadway) on K-32 over I-70/Kansas Turnpike with a 325-foot welded plate girder bridge (with 47-foot wide roadway). In mid-February, the bridge was closed to all traffic and the detour route was put in place. Due to the diligent work of the contractor, Emery Sapp and Sons, and the Kansas Turnpike Authority construction staff who had oversight on this KDOT project, we are happy to say the bridge replacement project is now completed.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority thank you for your patience during project construction and we hope you enjoy your drive across the new bridge for years to come!

 HOLIDAY TRAVEL (12/20/2016)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office wishes all of Leavenworth County a safe and joyful Holiday Season.

Be safe, drive with caution, buckle up.

 TOYS FOR TOTS (12/8/2016)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office is an official drop off spot for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots 2016 collection campaign.

Drop off boxes are available at both the Justice Center and the Leavenworth County Annex in Tonganoxie on Laming road.

Help brighten the lives of children in need.

 WINTER SAFETY (12/7/2016)

It’s that time of year. Each morning we find ourselves scraping windows and maybe even brushing off snow. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to leave yourself extra time each morning to warm up the car, clear off the windows and be prepared for your commute each day.

Your safety and the safety of the other drivers on the roadway is our goal. Be safe.


Detectives Mark Doud and Lt. Mark Metcalf were honored recently for their efforts in drug investigations by the Kansas Sheriff’s Association.

Doud and Metcalf received the KSA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD in Dodge City at the Kansas Sheriff’s Association Fall conference NOV 17, 2016.

 THANKSGIVING (11/21/2016)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office sends out Thanksgiving greetings to all of Leavenworth County.

 HONOR GUARD (11/15/2016)

Sheriff Dedeke and members of the Leavenworth County Honor Guard took part in the 2016 Leavenworth Veterans Day parade late last week. Unseasonably warm weather made the event all the better.

 VETERAN'S DAY (11/10/2016)

Veterans day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice of those who stand to protect this great country.

Join us as we honor our Veterans: thanks to all who serve and have served!


The second annual Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy recently concluded. Graduates received a certificate of completion from Sheriff Dedeke at a short graduation ceremony.

The final class session also gave class members a chance to view the use of force simulator. This scenario based training aid gave class members a chance to step into interactive use of force confrontations and experience the decision making process Deputies and Officers encounter in real life.

We extend our sincere thanks to this year's graduates and look forward to future classes!

 HALLOWEEN TIPS (10/26/2016)

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home
  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
Safety Tips for Motorists:
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing


This past week, members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy had a chance to meet Deputies assigned to the LVSO tactical team and learn about the equipment they utilize to resolve tactical issues. Students also learned about weapon safety regarding rifles and pistols from departmental range experts.


This week's Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office citizen academy session dealt with several subjects to include crime scene investigation techniques. Class participants had the opportunity to work with hands on demonstrations regarding fingerprinting and footprint impression casting.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY WEEK 7 (10/10/2016)

Week #7 of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens academy focused on DUI investigations.

Guest speakers included John and Teresa Groves giving a presentation regarding their work with the Kansas DUI Impact Center. Also presenting was Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson who explained the prosecution aspect of DUI convictions and the preparation of court cases relating to DUI. Deputy Sarah Flaherty gave an informative course of instruction on DUI investigation.

This course was timely as we move into the start of the Holiday season. In the coming weeks, all too often incidents of DUI arrests and/or accidents occur during this season. Even one incident is too many.

Help us as we continue in "our partnership with the community" to stop DUI incidents.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson explains the prosecution aspect of DUI convictions and the preparation of court cases relating to DUI