Tuesday -  February   9 ,  2016

 ANNUAL SOUPER-BOWL AWARD (2/5/2016)

Sheriff Andy Dedeke awards the fourth annual "Souper-bowl trophy" to Deputy Alicia Hefner.
Sheriff Andy Dedeke awards the fourth annual "Souper-bowl trophy" to Deputy Alicia Hefner for her submission in the Sheriff's Office chili cook off. The event is held annually on the Friday before the actual Super bowl.

 RIDE SAFE (2/5/2016)

Each day as we creep closer to warm weather and the temperatures top out in the 50 degree range, the urge hits. Motorcycle enthusiasts pull the bike out of the garage and head out for a ride. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to use caution, winter leaves sand and salt on the roadways and can make for a slick surface. Each spring we see several motorcycles laid down on the highway ,often with riders hurt.

Use caution, ride safe and make good choices as you ride.


 BRIDGE CLOSING (1/27/2016)

K-32 Bridge Over I-70/Kansas Turnpike

LONG-TERM FULL BRIDGE CLOSURE: Eastbound and westbound K-32 Bridge I-70/Kansas Turnpike will be FULLY CLOSED to all traffic for construction of a new replacement bridge beginning early morning on Monday, February 15 through November 2016, weather permitting, in Leavenworth County. Advance message boards will alert traffic to the long-term bridge closure. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and barricades. K-32 traffic will detour via K-7 north to U.S. 24/40 west and then south to access K-32 and vice versa. Drivers must use alternate routes throughout the project duration.


 TINA BESMER (1/21/2016)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office would like to extend their condolences to the Besmer family for their recent loss. Tina Besmer was a member of the Sheriff’s Office family and she will be missed.

www.leavenworthtimes.com/obituaries/20160120/tina-k-reddick-besmer

 WINTER HAS ARRIVED (1/20/2016)

Winter has arrived in full force here in Leavenworth County. Drive with caution and allow extra time to reach destinations. The remainder of the week looks to produce several ice/snow events. Sheriff Deputies have worked well over a dozen weather related slide offs and traffic crashes so far this week.

Be safe, be smart and buckle up.


 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CENTER (1/11/2016)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Patrol Sergeant Jeff Adams stands with members of the Leavenworth County Child Abuse Prevention Council.
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Patrol Sergeant Jeff Adams stands with members of the Leavenworth County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

The council provided Mandatory Reporter Training to a large group Thursday night ,01/07/2016. the training event was free of charge and held in Berchman's Lecture Hall at the University of Saint Mary campus, Leavenworth. Presenters at the training included Karen Curto, Tracy Lansing, Michelle Westfall (Leavenworth EMS), Crystal Swan Blackdeer (Leavenworth County Humane Society), as well as Sgt. Adams of the Sheriff's Office.

This is a free yearly training event and provides citizens and with an overview of the roles mandatory reporters have within the community.


 TONGANOXIE RELOCATION (1/4/2016)

Notice of Move: The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office will be moving to 725 Laming from our previous address of 425 Laming. The new facility should be open for business on 01/04/2016. Our offices will be located on the north end of the building. We hope to be able to provide an expanded pool of services from this new location, our previous location was limited in some ways due to our offices being located in the basement. The new office will be ground level and offer better accessibility as we strive to bolster our southern Leavenworth County services, In the end we hope to better our partnership with the community as we work together to build our relationship with our citizens.

 ABEL RETIRES (12/30/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has made the decision to retire our canine, Abel.

Abel has served this office for eight years and has recently developed several health obstacles. We felt it was in the best interest of the dog, our agency and the public to let him enjoy a normal dog’s life during his remaining years.

Abel’s handler has agreed to take on ownership and associated responsibilities. The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the work done by Abel as he moves into retirement.

 HUMANE SOCIETY (12/29/2015)

Leavenworth County Humane Society representative Crystal Swann-Black Deer presents two new chip code readers to Undersheriff Jim Sherley recently at the Sheriff's Office.

The units allow Deputies to check animals in the field or citizens to bring found animals to either the Sheriff's Office or the Sheriff's Annex near Tonganoxie to be checked for chips containing owner information allowing pets to be reunited with their owners.

 MERRY CHRISTMAS (12/21/2015)

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff wish the citizens of Leavenworth County a very safe and Merry Christmas season.

"Card artwork by LVSO Sheriff's Dispatcher Jaimie Lemons"

Card artwork by LVSO Sheriff's Dispatcher Jaimie Lemons

 CASA DONATION (12/17/2015)

Sheriff Andy Dedeke met with Kelly Meyer Wednesday, 12/16/2015, at the Leavenworth CASA office to award $315 dollars in donated funds as a result of the recent "No Shave November" fundraiser at the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Employees of the Sheriff's office were asked to donate a set amount to participate in the event. Each year the funds from this event are directed to a worthy Leavenworth County area recipient.

Sheriff Andy Dedeke met with Kelly Meyer to award $315 dollars in donated funds as a result of the recent "No Shave November" fundraiser.

 SHOPPING TIP (12/17/2015)

Mail order is a popular and easy way to complete holiday shopping. As ordered items are set to arrive at your home or business, take care to assure they are secured as quickly as possible. This limits the chance items might be tempting targets for thieves.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

 TOYS FOR TOTS (12/11/2015)

Sheriff Andy Dedeke stands with Corporal Jake Pennington (FOP Lodge #47 President) in front of collection boxes overflowing with donations for the 2015 Toys for Tots drive. Sheriff's Office employees, in conjunction with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #47, worked together to collect the items.

The toy drive was ongoing over the weeks leading up to the pickup date 12/10/2015. Members of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive made the pick up at the Leavenworth County Justice center and will work to get the toys dispersed in the days leading up to Christmas.

 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (12/4/2015)

As the days inch closer to the Christmas holiday and you find yourself out shopping for gifts, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office reminds you to use caution as you leave packages in vehicles. When possible place them in the trunk and do not leave them visible in passenger compartment. Have your keys ready as you move through parking lots to allow for quick access to your vehicle. Use caution when carrying large amounts of cash for purchases.

Have a safe and happy Holiday season.

 40TH MP BATTALION (12/1/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office wishes safe travel to LTC Phil Lenz and his family as he transitions from his post as Brigade Commander of the 40th MP Battalion, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and moves on to his next assignment.

LTC Lenz remains a valued friend and solid supporter of the cooperative Leavenworth County law enforcement Torch Run supporting Special Olympics. We also welcome LTC. Travis Jacobs and his family as he transitions into his post as incoming Commander of the 40th MP Battalion, Fort Leavenworth.

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING (11/23/2015)

Happy Thanksgiving from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.

As your traveling this week to visit family or to different holiday events buckle up, drive safe.

 HOLIDAY TRAVEL (11/23/2015)

 VETERAN'S DAY PARADE (11/16/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Honor Guard team members prepare to march in the 2015 Veterans Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth.

The parade was well attended and Deputies were honored to carry the flag of our nation in tribute to our Veterans.

 HARVEST SEASON (11/16/2015)


As the days get shorter and the harvest comes to an end for the fall 2015 season, Sheriff’s Deputies remind everyone to drive carefully around farm machinery and grain trucks as they do the vital work to get their crops to market.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office salutes the American farmers - we thank you for what you do.

 FRAUD ALERT (11/13/2015)

Over the past week the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office has again had a series of calls reporting an IRS Scam.

Scammers will indicate the subject receiving the call is delinquent in their taxes and a warrant will be issued if they do not make an immediate payment. The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to avoid making payments via phone at the urging of callers regarding this scam. Be aware and be informed, if you have any question as to the validity of a call, please reach out to our agency and we will assist you as needed.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY GRADUATION (11/9/2015)

The inaugural Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy concluded Thursday 11/05/2015 as the students received their certificates of completion.

The ten week course included a broad overview of the Sheriff's Office role in the community. Highlights of the graduation ceremony included the Leavenworth County Lodge #47 Fraternal Order of Police presenting the students with F.O.P folders and a class gift to the Sheriff's Office of a framed display photo of all class participants.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank all of the students for their time and hopes to repeat this class in the upcoming year to continue to move forward as we build on our "Partnership with the Community".

 TOYS FOR TOTS (11/4/2015)

The 2015 Toys for Tots campaign is underway!

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is once again a proud partner with the Marine Corps in this campaign. Toys for Tots collection boxes will be displayed in the Leavenworth County Justice Center (601 south 3rd street Leavenworth ,Ks. 66048) main lobby until the toy drive concludes in December.

Please join Sheriff Dedeke and his staff in this worthwhile endeavor!

 HALLOWEEN PARADE (11/2/2015)

Friday October 30th, 2015, Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office assisted the students and faculty of USD 449 Pleasant Ridge as they marched in the annual Easton Halloween Parade.

The school band played well and the weather held off the rain as several busloads of children paraded the main streets of Easton, Kansas marking the event.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK NINE (10/28/2015)

Students in the Leavenworth County Fall 2015 Citizens Academy had an opportunity to experience the use of force training simulator during their most recent course of instruction, Thursday 10/22/2015.

The system allows for verbal exchange and use of force response to gauge the decision making skills of the students as they better understand the issues deputies encounter during real life calls for service. Realistic training in a controlled environment is the end goal of the system.

Citizen's Academy Week Nine Photo #1
Citizen's Academy Week Nine Photo #2
Citizen's Academy Week Nine Photo #3

 KC WOLF (10/26/2015)

KC Wolf visited several schools throughout the Leavenworth County area Thursday on October 22nd.

Dan Mears, also known as KC Wolf, shared positive messages with students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary, Pleasant Ridge Schools as well as Lansing, Tonganoxie and Saint Paul Elementary schools. Deputies attended events all over the county to help spread this message and support the effort.

 HAPPY HALLOWEEN (10/24/2015)

Sheriff Dedeke and his Deputies hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. The Sheriff’s Office will be out in force on "Goblin Patrol" safeguarding the youth of Leavenworth County as they enjoy the evening and all the fun that comes with it. Please review the safety tips below to allow this to be a safe evening of trick-or-treating. As Halloween approaches remember to be safe at any Halloween bon-fires and if your planning a hayride please ensure your wagon and tractor are properly lighted for safety and visibility.
  • Always accompany children when Trick-or treating.
  • Chose brightly colored costumes or add reflective tape to costumes allowing better night time visibility.
  • Glow sticks or flashlights are a good way to better illuminate the area as kids trick or treat.
  • Only approach homes with lit porch lights or ones clearly inviting trick or treating.
  • Walk, don’t run, as kids move from house to house. Walk in pairs, use the buddy system.
  • Inspect all candy after children return home to assure it is safe.
  • Stay alert — have fun and wave at the Deputies as you see them out patrolling.

Sheriff's Office (913) 682-5724 or (913) 724-1313
Emergency Dial 911

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK EIGHT (10/19/2015)

Students in the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy spent week eight's class time learning about crime scenes from Lt. Josh Patzwald and Crime Scene Tech Christiana Jackson.

Fingerprinting, plaster casting and luminal studies were points of discussion as they debunked several "CSI" myths.

Citizen's Academy Week Eight Photo #1
Citizen's Academy Week Eight Photo #2
Citizen's Academy Week Eight Photo #3
Citizen's Academy Week Eight Photo #4

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK SIX (10/8/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Citizen Academy met on Saturday October 3rd at the Sheriff’s Office training facility near Tonganoxie, Kansas.

The event filled day of instruction was highlighted by hands on student involvement as the participants got an inside look at Tactical equipment, The Leavenworth County Bomb team robot and Bomb suit as well as learning basic firearms safety and weapons utilized by Sheriff's Deputies. K-9 demonstrations and a BBQ lunch capped off an informative day graced by beautiful fall weather.

Citizen's Academy Week Six Photo #1
Citizen's Academy Week Six Photo #2
Citizen's Academy Week Six Photo #3
Citizen's Academy Week Six Photo #4

 PRESCRIPTION DRUG COLLECTION (10/1/2015)


Deputy Williams at our local CVS Pharmacy location with collection boxes
On Saturday, September 26th, 2015 Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office collected unwanted/unused prescription drugs during a collection effort partnering the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office with the DEA. In all over 450 pounds were collected and turned over to DEA for incineration. Deputy Williams is pictured at our local CVS Pharmacy location with collection boxes. The photo showing two carts of boxes contains the collected drugs.

As always the Sheriff's Office appreciates your efforts as we continue in "Partnering with our Community".

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK FIVE (9/28/2015)

Week #5 of the Leavenworth County Citizens Academy allowed the participants a deeper understanding of Kansas Driving While Intoxicated (DUI) laws.

Deputy Megan Mance instructed the course and explained the processes Deputies and their fellow law enforcement officers use to enforce DUI statutes. The evening’s instruction was rounded off by a presentation of Kansas DUI Impact Center given by Leavenworth residents John and Teresa Groves.

Citizen's Academy Week Five Update - Deputy Mance
Citizen's Academy Week Five Update - Teresa Groves
Citizen's Academy Week Five Update - John Groves

 FREE DRUG DISPOSAL (9/21/2015)

Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office will be on hand Saturday, September 26th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Leavenworth CVS Pharmacy (4th & Limit Street in the city of Leavenworth).

This offers an opportunity for citizens to bring in unwanted, unused prescription drugs for free disposal. If this time frame does not work for you, the Sheriff’s Office maintains a drop box at the Justice Center (601 South 3rd Street, Leavenworth) available during normal business hours Monday through Friday each week.

Please help us as we "Partner with the Community" in this worthwhile project. This project is a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and the DEA.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK FOUR (9/21/2015)

Week four of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy was focused on the duties of the Patrol division. Students learned the many areas of focus Deputies deal with on a daily basis. Sgt. Tyler Fast instructed a portion of the class detailing calls for service and traffic enforcement.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY - WEEK THREE (9/14/2015)

Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office fall 2015 Citizens Academy take a brief break from week three of their ten week course as they learn more about their Sheriff’s Office.

The class members chose to wear blue shirts for Thursday nights class in support of law enforcement. Week three class highlights included a tour of the Leavenworth County Mobile Command center as well as classroom instruction detailing the roll of Dispatch/Communications within the Sheriff's Office and overviews of Offender Registration, Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) registration and the Sheriff's Office's ongoing commitment to their School Resource Officers (SRO) at Basehor, Tonganoxie and Pleasant Ridge school districts.

 MAILBOXES (9/14/2015)

When seconds count, Deputies and first responders can find your home and get you or your loved ones the assistance they need more quickly if your mailbox is marked with your address numbers.

 YOU DRINK, YOU DRIVE, YOU LOSE (9/8/2015)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies have been involved in the statewide "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" Campaign.

This statewide effort is a traffic initiative to keep Kansas roads safe from drunk drivers. The event ran from August 20th - September 7th, Labor day. The Sheriff's Office appreciates the cooperation of the general public as we work together in partnership with our community as we strive to keep our roadways safe.

 DEPUTY DARREN GOFORTH (9/4/2015)

The men and women of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office stand in support as we honor the memory of this fallen officer.

Rest easy and know that your fellow officers nationwide are watching over your beat.


 DISPATCH RECEIVES TROPHY (9/3/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office "911" dispatchers recently received a traveling trophy from the Mid America Regional Council (MARC).

The Communications Center staff helped to clean up the data in the "911" database by reporting the highest number of "Valid Error reports based on call volume". Accuracy of entered information is vital to successfully dispatching emergency personnel to calls. These efforts are a tribute to the hard work done behind the scenes by our skilled staff.

 HONOR GUARD (9/2/2015)

We are very proud of our Honor Guard team here at the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, The accompanying photo shows them in action at a recent T-Bones baseball game in KCK.

Baseball, great late summer weather and a flawless performance by our skilled Honor Guard were all on display at this recent game on 08/22/2015.


 KHP VIN INSPECTIONS (8/31/2015)

The Kansas Highway Patrol VIN Inspection Office located on Spruce St. at the highway department building is undergoing a remodel. Sheriff Dedeke has agreed to provide them office space in the interim. VIN inspection staff will be occupying this space Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for some period of time.

On Tuesday's and Thursday's one of the KHP employees will set up a portable sign in the SE corner of the South parking lot, this is the location in which they will physically inspect the VIN on out of state vehicles.

Customers will come to the Sheriff’s Office front window in the lobby to request service. A KHP employee will then escort their customer from the front office waiting area back to their work area, complete their process and then escort them out the south door.

 GRADUATION (8/25/2015)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputy Ari Ailin graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Friday August 21st, 2015.

Deputy Ailin excelled while in training at the academy, in addition to physical fitness achievements he was named class president and ultimately scored the highest grade point average in the class. Sheriff Dedeke and his staff congratulate Deputy Ailin and his family for this achievement.

 HONOR GUARD EVENT (8/18/2015)

This coming Saturday evening, August 22nd, 7:05 p.m. at the T-Bones stadium, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will have the Honor of presenting the colors on the field at Community America Ballpark.

Come out and join the men and women of your local Sheriff’s Office as this talented group of officers presents our nations flag to our national pastime.


 BACK TO SCHOOL (8/17/2015)

School is back in session at all Leavenworth County schools this week. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office urges you to leave ample time as you head off for work or other daily duties.

Calm, courteous driving around school buses is vital to the safety of our children.


Citizen's Academy

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the Citizen's Academy. The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy is an intensive and educational 10 week program designed to foster a positive relationship and build community support with county residents. This is a no-cost opportunity to learn more about your Sheriff’s Office! Please join us as we continue our partnership with the community!

Interested? Questions? Contact our recruiter at 913-758-4003.
You could also download the application or complete this online request form.

Classes will be held every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old with no criminal record.

HURRY! SEATING IS LIMITED AND CLASS BEGINS AUGUST 27, 2015


 COUNTY FAIR (7/23/2015)

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff invite the citizens of Leavenworth County to visit them at our Fair Booth location inside the main fair office building.

Come out and visit with us and see what's going on with your Sheriff’s Office.


 3RD ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT (7/20/2015)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies recently played a Jail Division vs. Patrol Division softball game.

In a tightly contested match the Jail was victorious, 21-16. A good time was had by all; this marks the 3rd annual summer event for the Sheriff's Office.

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies recently played a Jail Division vs. Patrol Division softball game. In a tightly contested match the Jail was victorious, 21-16. A good time was had by all; this marks the 3rd annual summer event for the Sheriff's Office.

 COMMAND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE (7/15/2015)

Sheriff Andrew Dedeke sits with students from the Fort Leavenworth Command General Staff College currently in session on the Fort. Over 100 officers from this course had toured the Justice Center and the Leavenworth County Jail during the morning prior to the appreciation luncheon at the Riverfront Community Center.
Sheriff Andrew Dedeke sits with students from the Fort Leavenworth Command General Staff College currently in session on the Fort. Over 100 officers from this course had toured the Justice Center and the Leavenworth County Jail during the morning prior to the appreciation luncheon at the Riverfront Community Center.


Fireworks are legal in the unincorporated areas of Leavenworth County. Legal fireworks include class C consumer fireworks, or those allowed in the state of Kansas. Illegal fireworks include bottle rockets or any rocket on a stick. Commercial-grade fireworks are illegal to possess or shoot, unless the individual is licensed to do so.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Small children should not handle fireworks; even sparklers can be harmful if mishandled.
  • Children and young adults should be monitored by an adult when handling fireworks.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
  • Do not hold fireworks that have been ignited.
  • Try to light fireworks on gravel, concrete or a hard surface that will not ignite.
  • Keep fireworks away from dry grass, hay, trees and all structures.
  • Don't use "sky lanterns" or "fire lanterns" - only the wind controls where this type of firework blows and lands, which is often on rooftops.
  • Pay attention to dry, windy conditions and to burn bans - do not ignite fireworks during these times.

 LEAVENWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY (6/30/2015)

Thursday afternoon, 06/25/2015, over the noon hour Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputy Sara Flaherty and fellow Deputies attended a community program hosted by the Leavenworth public library. Deputies shared information about local law enforcement and allowed the children to view their Patrol vehicles.
Thursday afternoon, 06/25/2015, over the noon hour Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputy Sara Flaherty and fellow Deputies attended a community program hosted by the Leavenworth public library. Deputies shared information about local law enforcement and allowed the children to view their Patrol vehicles.

 FRAUD ALERT (6/23/2015)

Phone Scam Alert: Sheriff's Deputies have received information regarding another phone scam. The current scam regards individuals calling and claiming the home computer at the residence of the subject receiving the call has been hacked into. The scammer attempts to gain computer information that would aid them in actually hacking into the system. Please use caution and avoid sharing vital information.

 SUMMER VACATION REMINDER (6/19/2015)

The summer travel season is upon us, Sheriff Dedeke reminds everyone to travel safely and please remember these key tips for vacation planning:
  • If you’re planning an extended trip, stop your mail and newspaper.
  • Avoid social media posts that broadcast your absence from your home.
  • Assure your pets are cared for in your absence.
  • If desired, register a vacation house check with the Sheriff’s office.

 DUI CHECKPOINT (6/10/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at a fixed location in the north half of Leavenworth County on 06/13/2015, this check lane will take place during the evening hours. The focus of the check lane is to protect Leavenworth County citizens from potential traffic accidents resulting from driving while intoxicated.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office is a committed active member of PROJECT LEAD of Leavenworth County Coalition working to reduce underage drinking. Grant funding from PROJECT LEAD will fund the sobriety check lane.

 TORCH RUN UPDATE (6/8/2015)

The 2015 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was met with fine weather and over 100 runners from across Law Enforcement Community.

On the left, Sheriff Dedeke prepares the torch to be lit as officers look on. The middle photo shows Captain Tom Johnson as he rallies Deputies together before the run. To the right, Dispatcher Hans Stephensen carries the torch on its 5.2 mile journey.

Sheriff Dedeke prepares the torch to be lit as officers look on
Captain Tom Johnson as he rallies Deputies together before the run
Dispatcher Hans Stephensen carries the torch on its 5.2 mile journey

 LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN (6/3/2015)

Locally, the Lansing to Leavenworth leg will take place on June 5, 2015. At 8:30 a.m. Law Enforcement Officers from agencies in Leavenworth County will start their run at the south parking lot at Lansing Police Dept. (800 1st Terrace) in Lansing. The Flame of Hope will travel north on K-7 to the Leavenworth County Justice Center (601 S. 3rd St.), a total distance of 5.2 miles.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. a brief ceremony will be held at the Justice Center when Sheriff Dedeke will address the runners.

Participating agencies are Basehor Police Department, Fort Leavenworth M.P. Battalion, Lansing Correctional Facility, Lansing Police Department, Leavenworth County Sheriff, and Leavenworth Police Department.

 BURN PERMITS (5/18/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a new web based system allowing Leavenworth County citizens to apply for burn permits. When visiting the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office web site (www.lvsheriff.org) select the “BURN PERMIT” tab at the top banner of the page and fill out the online permit.

This form asks for information in much the same manner as the current practice of requesting a burn permit over the phone. Users will be asked to provide:

  • Name
  • Location where the burn will take place
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Fire district/township where the burn will take place

This new option allows citizens requesting burn permits to use their smart phone, tablets or home computers to apply for and receive a burn permit and allows for instant access to your burn permit for record keeping and easy viewing at a later date.

Included in the tab are materials to assist in the request process, a copy of the Leavenworth County Resolution 2015-12 outlining rules for burning, the fire district map for all of Leavenworth County and helpful information when applying for bon fire permits or burning in fire barrels. A unique feature of this site allows visitors to view at a glance the availability of burn permits. If the rangeland fire index is perceived to be too dangerous for burning by the National Weather Service or the fire chief for a particular fire district/township, Leavenworth County Communications will be advised burning is banned for that date or a series of dates in some cases. Likewise, if burning is allowed it can be shown in that fashion.

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff recently unveiled this system to the Leavenworth County Fire Association to allow members to review its content and discuss the obvious advantages of this new system. Fire Chiefs or their designees will receive instant notification of issued burn permit information electronically. This will be especially helpful in the event of a fire call associated with a burn.

Several factors addressed in this procedure allow for better Law Enforcement response to fire scenes and information sharing with rural fire departments. Sheriff Dedeke advised it is not uncommon for the Leavenworth County Sheriffs Communications Center to receive and document up to 250 calls for burn permits on a typical Saturday afternoon. This is a time consuming process that detracts from the availability of dispatchers to deal with other, more urgent calls and often creates an elongated process with several interruptions. Sheriff Dedeke believes users of the new system will be pleased with the relatively ease and speed of this process. The current system of calling in to receive a burn permit will not go away and remains an option for the requester; however the Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages users to utilize the online process. The Sheriff’s Office hopes people will gravitate towards this system to expedite obtaining burn permits and ultimately reducing the number of calls into the communications center.

 DARE FEST 2015 (5/11/2015)

Dare Fest was held this past Wednesday May 6th at the Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs, Ks. Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office along with LVPD, Bonner PD and other agencies assisted as approximately 5oo Dare graduates were treated to music, motivational speeches and fun featuring RETRO BILL!

 CHILD SEAT INSTALLATION (5/4/2015)

Deputy Zach Phillips and Deputy Sarah Flaherty work on installing child seats at a local daycare during an install event in late April. Both recently received specialized training on proper install techniques.

Citizens with questions or requests for installs are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office (913) 682-5724.


 LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD - RETRO BILL (4/28/2015)

Please join us for a fun and educational evening with your children for dinner and show with Retro Bill at:

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
May 9, 2015
5:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.

The Retro Bill Family Show is a “Family Values” themed program that includes positive messaging for Parents, Children, and Grandparents alike. Children are encouraged to listen to their parents, grandparents and teachers, and to seek them out for advice. Parents are shown creative ways to connect with their children and are also encouraged to be role models for their kids by setting a good example. Props, sound effects, humor and authentic passion make a RETRO BILL live appearance inspiring, informative and entertaining for all ages.

Sponsored by The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office & Leavenworth County-Cities Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council- “Investing in our future”

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Family Picnic
  • Hamburgers
  • Hotdogs
  • Chips
  • Dessert
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • RETRO BILL Family Show

 TREE PLANTING CEREMONY(4/27/2015)

Sheriff Andy Dedeke assisted in the planting of a tree in memory of Deputy Steve Traglio. The tree dedication took place at Ray Miller park in front of the Leavenworth VAMC Friday April 24th 2015. The event was well attended and many family members, friends and co-workers were on hand. The tree, a Black-Jack Oak, is visible from Fourth street and will be a strong addition to the beauty of the park.

 GRADUATION (4/22/2015)

Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputy Rachel Ailin recently graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center's 233 Basic Law Enforcement class. Cadets at KLETC learn basics of criminal law, search and seizure, emergency driving, evidence collection and self-defense among other disciplines during the course in Hutchison, Kansas.

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff take great pride in the accomplishment and the individual achievements of Rachel’s status as an honor graduate and member of the 200 Mile Club for logging more than 200 miles of distance running in the (14) week course resulting in her being named Most Improved in Physical Fitness during her time at KLETC.

 SCAM ALERT - (4/22/2015)

UPDATE: Leavenworth County residents have reported attempted phone scams over the last month , callers will claim to be from the IRS and explain that a law suit is pending and payments must be made without delay. Residents are urged to confirm any claims made by callers requesting the immediate payment of funds. Call the stated party, Internal Revenue Service, or other parties to verify the claims being made over the phone. As this issue has been ongoing, open investigations into this scam are being looked into by Sheriff’s Deputies. Citizens are reminded to check the validity of any claims prior to committing payment on any requests for funds solicited in this manner as they may be scams.

 Child Seat Installation/Inspection Services - (4/13/2015)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office now has two Deputies certified in installing and inspecting child seats. Deputies are available by appointment to help citizens correctly install their child safety seats, or inspect the current installation. Deputies have received specialized training through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They receive their certification, and are given access to the government database for recalls, and updates to applicable laws. Deputies Phillips and Flaherty will be available by appointment through the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, or the NHTSA database, at safecar.gov.

 Arbor Day Tree Planted in Honor of Steve Traglio - (4/13/2015)

At noon April 24 at Ray Miller Park (Next to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Affairs Center) members of the community will join together to plant a tree to honor the late Steve Traglio, former Sheriff's Office deputy, Leavenworth Police Officer and military veteran.

Each year on Arbor Day, the Parks and Recreation Department staff arrange a special tree-planting as part of the Legacy Tree Program. Any member of the community can sponsor a tree and have it named after an individual or group of individuals and have it planted in a City park along with a commemorative plaque. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department, 913-651-2203, for more information about the Legacy Tree Program.

 KDA LIFTS CONTROL MOVEMENT ORDER - (4/8/2015)

MANHATTAN, Kan. –The Kansas Department of Agriculture has completed surveillance and testing in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and lifted movement restrictions for the quarantined area. Movement of live poultry and poultry products, including eggs, can resume as normal.

KDA officials surveyed and tested every poultry premise within the infected zone, multiple premises in the buffer zone and responded to seven sick bird calls. All test results were found to be negative.

"We appreciate the citizens that self-reported their flocks. It has allowed us to effectively identify the number of flocks in the area and ensure we stamped out this virus,” said Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas Deputy Animal Health Commissioner.

 EASTER GREETINGS - (4/3/2015)

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff extend Happy Easter greetings from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office family to the citizens of Leavenworth County and their families.

 BURGLARY ALERT - (4/1/2015)

The Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies have received numerous reports in recent days of items being stolen from vehicles during overnight hours; additionally we have had a series of burglary thefts involving outbuildings and tool trailers. Residents are cautioned to lock their vehicles and assure they are not left with keys in the ignition. Citizens are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office if any suspicious vehicles or persons are seen. Current area of focus is southern Leavenworth County.