Thursday -  February   23 ,  2017


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)

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

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.

 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY (9/30/2016)

The 2016 fall Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy is in full swing!

Students have been busy learning about accident investigation, Communications, Sheriff's Office history, etc. Upcoming classes will cover DUI investigation, use of force overview, bomb team demonstrations and much more. This is an excellent opportunity for our Office to further enhance its outreach with the community we serve.

 HUMANE SOCIETY (8/18/2016)

The Leavenworth County Humane Society hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon 08/17/2016. Their new facility is located in the rear lot of the Leavenworth COOP located on the northwest corner of 4th street at Eisenhower road. Staff members at the facility gave tours and hosted the grand opening event.

We wish them luck as they work to care for and safeguard the animals of Leavenworth County. Thanks for all that you do.


"Back by popular demand" - We are offering the fall 2016 Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy: 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 Captain Tom Johnson at 913-758-4006 or fill out the online application here.

See how it all works from the "911 Call" to the prosecution.

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.


 2016 COUNTY FAIR (8/1/2016)

Captain Tom Johnson and Sgt. Ed Cummings preparing balloons to give to children at the 2016 Leavenworth County Fair

Sheriff Dedeke and members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office had a chance to speak with hundreds of Leavenworth County citizens during last week's County Fair. Officers gave away hundreds of helium filled balloons during the course of the week. The related photo shows Captain Tom Johnson and Sgt. Ed Cummings preparing balloons to give to children.

We were the recipients of many well wishes and strong support from the community stating they stand behind their local law enforcement and their Sheriff's Office. This was a great opportunity to meet with the public we serve as we work in "Partnership with our Community."


Honor Guard members: Deputies Sarah Flaherty, Megan Mance, Matt Compton and Zack Phillips.

Saturday night, July 23rd, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Honor Guard had the privilege of presenting our nations flag on the field at the Kansas City T-Bones game.

Shown presenting are Deputies Sarah Flaherty, Megan Mance, Matt Compton and Zack Phillips. The honor guard is overseen by Lt. Eric Thorne.


The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office sends our thoughts and prayers to the Kansas City Kansas Police Department and to the family of Captain Robert David Melton who lost his life in the line of duty Tuesday 07/19/2016.

We support you and honor the sacrifice of both the family and the KCKPD as you mourn the loss of this fine Officer.

 THANK YOU! (7/15/2016)

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office received a visit from Lansing First Southern Baptist Church at noon on Friday July 15, 2016. Several representatives from the congregation brought bratwurst and all the fixings for on duty Deputies, dispatchers and civilian employees. In addition, the United States Air Force recruiting staff dropped off dessert from a local shop.

We are grateful for their kind acts and humbled by the outpouring of community support that these acts display.

Sheriff Andy Dedeke holds a card in the photo signed by
members of the congregation showing their support

 DALLAS (7/8/2016)

The thoughts and prayers of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office go out to the Dallas Police Department and all Dallas area law enforcement agencies in the wake of this tragedy.

Our nations law enforcement officers are vital to the safety and security of this great country. As we struggle to make sense of this violent act, our Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement officers across this nation continue to stand ready to do the vital work needed to protect and safeguard the citizens we are sworn to protect.

As we mourn the loss of our fallen brothers, join us as we collectively work to maintain peace both locally and nationwide.

 SAFE HOLIDAY (6/28/2016)

As we move into the July 4th weekend we remind everyone to use caution regarding fireworks. Dry conditions have made this an important concern. Be safe and enjoy this patriotic display of national pride.

The men and women of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office remind everyone to make smart decisions and pass the keys to a sober driver if needed. Help us as we remain committed to our goal to keep the roadways of Leavenworth County safe.

Happy 4th of July!

 HEAT ADVISORY (6/15/2016)

Each year as temperatures inch towards the century mark the Sheriff’s Office and area law enforcement receive multiple calls to check the welfare of dogs, horses and various other animals in and around the community.

Before you start your day we urge citizens to assure their animals and livestock have ample water and access to shade to cool off.

The care of animals and livestock is a serious matter here in the heartland and nationwide.

 2016 TORCH RUN (6/9/2016)

Just wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016 Leavenworth area law enforcement Torch Run.

Every agency within the county was represented: Basehor PD, Lansing PD, Tonganoxie PD, Leavenworth PD, Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol. The morning brought us warm, dry weather with a light breeze - a good day to be involved in the event.

Thanks also to Kate Buenger, our area representative with the Kansas Special Olympics, and to (Retired) Lt. Frank Zink, Lansing Correctional Facility, who has been a longtime supporter of this event.

Funds raised from the event directly benefit Special Olympics athletes and their sports.

Friday, June 10th, 2016, members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will be running in the law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. We will be joined by runners from the Leavenworth Police Department, Lansing Police Department, Tonganoxie Police Department, Basehor Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Honk, wave and show your support for local law enforcement as they carry the torch for this worthwhile cause.

The runners will relay the torch from the Lansing Police Department to the Justice Center, Leavenworth. 08:30 a.m. – 0930 a.m., a distance of 5.6 miles.

Join us as we continue our “Partnership with the Community.”



Before you head out to your summer vacation destination, check out NHTSA’s Summer Driving Tips at

 DARE GRADUATION (5/26/2016)

Pleasant Ridge 5th Grade Class sings the D.A.R.E. Song
(From left to right) Principal Tim Beying, Coordinator Jerry Tinbrink, Sheriff Andy Dedeke, Deputy Connie Anderson
Sheriff Andy Dedeke, along with Kansas State D.A.R.E. Coordinator Jerry Tinbrink, Principal Tim Beying and Deputy Connie Anderson, congradulate forty 5th Grade students from Pleasant Ridge Elementary at their D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

Students sang and signed the D.A.R.E. song for guests at the program on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.


Sgt. Jeff Adams being presented his certificate by Kristen Frey of the Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Patrol Sergeant Jeff Adams recently proved once again why our employees are such a vital component to the day to day operation of a successful Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Adams was voted runner up in a recent Leavenworth Times Readers Choice poll as Favorite Police Officer. Jeff is seen being presented his certificate by Kristen Frey of the Leavenworth Times. Sgt. Adams makes every effort during encounters with the public to ensure he and the Deputies he supervises reflect positively on the Sheriff's Office and the Law enforcement profession. Adams often repeats a famous quote when speaking with the public: "I've learned that people may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel".

Congratulations, Sgt. Adams, on a job well done.


The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has free cable style gun locks available for citizens to pick up at the Justice Center, 601 South 3rd street, Leavenworth, Kansas, 66048.

Most unintentional firearm-related deaths among children occur in or around the home; 50 percent at the home of the victim, and 40 percent at the home of a friend or relative.

Most unintentional firearm-related child deaths involve guns that were loaded and accessible, and occur when children play with the gun. Most unintentional shootings among children occur in the late afternoon, on the weekend, during summer months, and during the holiday season, when children are most likely to be unsupervised. Rural areas have higher incidences of unintentional firearm-related injuries, as well as higher rates of firearm ownership. Help us as we continue in Partnership with the Community to safeguard our children and the homes of citizens as we move into the summer of 2016.

Be Safe - Be Smart.

 NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2016 (5/16/2016)

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year’s observance week runs from Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016.

The hours are long, the pay is often a rough trade for the sacrifice of family time given to a career in law enforcement. Just as it was recognized so many years ago in the first observance of this date, join us as we commend our staff for the job they do. And to all their brothers and sisters in blue throughout the county and across the United States we say thank you. Blessed are the Peacekeepers.


The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of our fallen brother in blue. Detective Brad Lancaster lost his life in the line of duty Monday 05/09/2016.

"We ask that you give your thoughts and prayers to the Lancaster family and the members of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department during this difficult time."



Leavenworth County Council on Aging has partnered with several local agencies to include the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, Leavenworth Police Department, Lansing Police Department and Leavenworth County EMS for an important project: Operation Red File.

Sheriff Dedeke along with other department officials addressed a group of roughly 40 interested citizens at the Council on Aging offices Friday, 04/29/2016, during the kickoff for this project. The packet contains information vital for EMS, Law Enforcement and fire fighters responding to calls for service at private homes. Name of patient, age, doctors name, known medical issues and medications currently prescribed can be listed along with emergency contact name and number for a next of kin. It was also suggested that a current photo be included in the packet. The folders have two heavy magnets on them and are intended to be placed on a refrigerator or other obvious location within the home to allow direct access in time of need. These packets are specifically created for citizens 60+ years of age.

Anyone interested in receiving one of these packets is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office, their local law enforcement or the Council on Aging to request one.

 DRUG 'TAKE BACK' (5/2/2016)

On Saturday morning, Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office took part in a nationwide effort to properly dispose of unwanted/unused prescription drugs.

Deputies collected at the Leavenworth CVS Pharmacy from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The photo shows 300 pounds of drugs collected and awaiting being turned over to the D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Administration).

This is a good, safe program that benefits the entire county. Thanks to all for assisting us as we continue "In partnership with our community".


After twenty eight years of dedicated service to the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, Deputy John Knight retired Tuesday, 04/26/2016.

Deputy Knight was honored with a plaque and a certificate at his retirement gathering held at the Sheriff's Office. John was a fixture at the Sheriff's Office for nearly three decades. Calm, cool and quiet best describe his style. The Sheriff's Office thanks him for his service. We likewise extend thanks to his wife Judy for all of her efforts as a Deputies wife over the years as he starts his retirement.

Good luck on the golf course John, you will be missed.

Deputy John Knight retired on April 26, 2016.

 LCAPC BREAKFAST (4/25/2016)

Cindy Schulenberg (holding plaque) and John Lemke (light blue shirt) were presented a plaque at the Leavenworth County Child Abuse Prevention Council fundraiser breakfast held recently at the TENPENNY restaurant in Leavenworth.

TENPENNY has graciously hosted the event for many years. The council is very thankful for their continued cooperation and support.

Cindy Schulenberg (holding plaque) and John Lemke (light blue shirt) were presented a plaque at the Leavenworth County Child Abuse Prevention Council fundraiser breakfast held recently at the TENPENNY restaurant in Leavenworth.

 MOCK ACCIDENT (4/25/2016)

Students of the Pleasant Ridge High School R.A.D.D. (Rams Against Destructive Decisions) participated in a mock accident last week 04/21/2016.

The event was held on Seven Sisters Road adjacent to the PRHS grounds. The focus of the mock accident serves to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving. Kansas Highway Patrol, Leavenworth County Emergency Management, Kickapoo Township Fire Department and Davis Funeral home assisted in the mock accident.

Sheriff Dedeke and his staff applaud the efforts of R.A.D.D and USD #449 for their efforts in this program.

 NPST WEEK (4/12/2016)

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016

April 10 - 16, 2016

This week-long event, held annually during the second week of April, honors telecommunications personnel in the public safety community.

Here at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office we count on these skilled professionals to assist us as information is received on “911” calls. They are a vital link to our Deputies and to first responders throughout Leavenworth County.

Thanks for all your hard work! When things are at their worst, you give us your best.

 SAFE & SOBER PROM (4/11/2016)

Prom season is in full swing in Leavenworth County with many of our area high schools planning for Prom.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office urges everyone attending to make good sound decisions.

Be safe, be smart - underage drinking is not an option.


Wear Blue To Promote Child Abuse Awareness in Kansas City

Local Kansas City individuals and organizations band together on a designated day each April during Child Abuse Prevention Month as a visible commitment to support child abuse prevention month. April 8 is Wear Blue Day in the Kansas City area.

One person can make a difference, and it can start with you. WEAR BLUE, and consider inviting your friends, family or even your entire office to WEAR BLUE, too.

In the spring of 1989, a grandmother from Virginia began the blue ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year old who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend. Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn blue as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Pledge to wear blue on April, 8, Wear Blue Day 2016 to show your commitment to Child Abuse Prevention Month and our shared responsibility to keep kids safe.

 DRUG TURN-IN (3/30/2016)

Saturday, April 30th (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.), deputies will be on hand at the local CVS Pharmacy located at 4th and Limit Street in Leavenworth.

Citizens can drop off unwanted/unused prescription drugs at that time.

Reminder: if your unable to make this date and time the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office has a prescription drug drop box at the Leavenworth County Justice Center located at 601 south Third street Leavenworth, KS. This drop box is available Monday - Friday during normal business hours.

Help us as we Partner with our Community to safeguard it from misuse or improper disposal of prescription drugs.

 TRAFFIC SAFETY (3/28/2016)

The accompanying photo is the current state wide data for Kansas. Traffic safety is a primary concern for each of us as we operate our vehicles daily. The Deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office urge citizens to follow the rules of the road and drive carefully.

 HONOR GUARD (3/23/2016)

Warm weather and clear skies made the 2016 Leavenworth Saint Patrick's day parade a great event. The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Honor Guard was proud to once again carry our nations colors in the parade.