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Director Dennis P. Butler began serving the citizens of Riley County on December 31, 2018. He is the 5th Director since the RCPD was established in 1974.

Director Butler formerly served as chief of police for the Ottawa Police Department, which was CALEA accredited in 2015. It is a municipal police department staffed with 29 sworn police officers serving a population of 12,850 in east central Kansas. In July of 2017, he was appointed to serve a one-year term on the CALEA Executive Director’s Advisory Board. During 2018-2019, he served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Governing Board of Directors.

Prior to his position as chief of police for the Ottawa Police Department, Director Butler served for 25 years with the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria, Virginia, retiring in 2004 at the rank of captain. The Alexandria Police Department earned CALEA accreditation in 1986. The Alexandria Police Department employed 320 police officers serving a population of 140,000 residents. In Virginia, he was a state-certified instructor, served in a variety of operational assignments: including four years on staff at Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, three years as the assistant public information officer, liaison to the city council; and have extensive experience in mobile computer systems development and domestic violence service programs.

During his tenure as Ottawa’s police chief, the department received $1.5 million in grant funding for police equipment, programs and services. Most of the funding was awarded to develop comprehensive programs targeting domestic violence and during 2015-2019 he continued that work by serving on the KBI Sexual Assault Kit Back-log Initiative (SAKI). In April 2007, he was selected by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office to receive the Fifth Annual Crime Victims’ Service Award in recognition of Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement. In June 2008, the Ottawa Police Department received the Kansas D.A.R.E. Officers President’s Award in recognition of its D.A.R.E. summer camp and in May 2009 saw the creation of the Ottawa Police Foundation. Director Butler once served on the Governor’s Law Enforcement Sub-committee for Domestic Violence Training tasked with creating and revising standardized training curricula for local law enforcement and to develop model policies pertaining to the investigation of domestic violence. In January 2009, Attorney General Stephen Six asked Director Butler to serve on a Batterer’s Intervention Program Advisory Board tasked with developing program standards for Kansas Batterer’s Intervention (BIP) providers. In conjunction with this work, he joined the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Assessment Development Committee. Using DOJ grant funding, his agency collaborated with the Elizabeth Layton Center to create the first BIP in Franklin County. During 2011, he collaborated with the Willow Domestic Violence Center to start the Franklin County Domestic Violence Response Team, a coordinated community response to domestic violence. In addition, he has served as an International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) mentor for new police chiefs and was a board member (2010-2018) of the IACP Police Foundation Section. In connection with the Foundation Section, he facilitated and presented workshops at the Annual IACP Conference regarding the benefits of collaborating with a police foundation. In February 2018, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) selected Director Butler as their “Ally of the Year.”

Director Butler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and in 2004 a Graduate Certificate in Administration of Justice from the MPA program at George Mason University. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Certificate program for Professional Executive Leadership.  In May 2011, the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society selected Director Butler as the George Mason University Alumnus of the Year. He is a graduate of the F.B.I.’s National Academy, 223rd Session Professional Executive Leadership School which trains law enforcement executives from around the globe. Currently, he is a member in good standing of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Kansas Peace Officers' Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, Fight Crime; Invest in Kids, and serve on the board of the IACP Police Foundation Section.