March 19, 2020


We are in unprecedented times — and the reality is that no one knows what is going to happen with COVID-19. My message is to re-assure members of our community that we continue serving you. 

March 16, 2020

What’s worse than getting sick?

Getting sick AND having a scammer take all of your money

Several new scams are popping up involving Coronavirus.  DON’T FALL FOR IT! 

We’ve listed some you may hear about — but remember, new ones are happening all the time. 

October 1, 2019

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Riley County Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Dillons, 1101 Westloop Place in Manhattan or Walmart, 101 Bluemont Avenue in Manhattan. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

September 10, 2019

The Riley County Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, September 6th into Saturday, September 7th in Manhattan. The checkpoint was designed to identify impaired drivers and remove them from the roadway.

Three hundred and thirty three vehicles were stopped in the checkpoint. Twenty-one people were evaluated for DUI, resulting in five arrests.

Funding for the DUI checkpoint is being provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Project

August 29, 2019


On Saturday, August 31st the Riley County Police Department will conduct a DUI and impaired driving saturation patrol.  Officers involved in the saturation patrol will be looking for signs of impaired driving and other traffic violations.  Motorists who show signs of alcohol and/or drug related impairment will be evaluated.  Confirmed impaired drivers will be arrested.               

July 30, 2019


Released by Hali Rowland

 MANHATTAN, KAN. – The man convicted in the shooting of a Riley County Police Department Officer was sentenced to 50 months in prison yesterday.

January 29, 2019

The persons pictured in these photographs are someone who may have information regarding a robbery that occurred on January 29, 2019, at approximately 3:50 PM in the 2000 block of Tuttle Creek Blvd at United Bank and Trust in Manhattan.

January 22, 2019


Tuttle Creek Blvd is back open. 

Highway 177 remains open but is down to one lane with traffic moving slowly through the area.

K-18 has been reopened as of January 22, 2019, at 4:00 PM.


Emergency Accident Reporting Phase is in effect for Riley County on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at approximately 12:25 p.m.

EARP is currently in effect for Riley County due to the slick road conditions and multiple slide-offs we are currently working.

November 19, 2018

Dennis Butler, the current Chief of the Ottawa Police Department, has been selected as the next Director of the Riley County Police Department. Butler was selected after an extensive nationwide search conducted by the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board in coordination with McGrath Human Resources Group.