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The Riley County Police Department has several outreach programs to connect with the citizens of Manhattan to bring about unity. RCPD employees represent the department by attending various committee meetings and serving on boards throughout the community. The list below is not all inclusive but serve as some examples of community outreach programs.
RCPD Community Advisory Board: The CAB represents a cross-section of the Riley County public with members from a variety of business, geographical, and cultural communities. Members are representative of the broad community we live in to be consistent with the diversity in Riley County. The members of the CAB nominate candidates to serve on the board, who are then appointed by the Director of RCPD.
The Community Advisory Board advises RCPD on community concerns and relays information about the RCPD to the public. Effective policing relies on positive relationships with the community we serve. The CAB was established to provide a community perspective to the police department when considering local problems and policies. The group assists in improving the community's understanding of police functions and roles. The CAB advises RCPD on ways to improve the effectiveness of police operations in relation to community needs.
The Community Advisory Board meets monthly to address issues of interest to the RCPD and how they may affect the people of Riley County.
You can learn more about the CAB here: http://www.rcpdcab.org/
LGBTQ+ Liaisons: In 2019, the Riley County Police Department formed the LGBTQ+ liaison team. The RCPD has two officers representing the department as LGBTQ+ liaisons. The liaisons act as a bridge between the police and the community, promoting a positive relationship with people in Riley County while advocating for equality. The LGBTQ+ liaisons are dedicated to increasing public education on hate crimes and public safety.
Officer Rachel Pate(785) 537-2112 firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglass Center Advisory Board: The Douglass Center Advisory Board makes recommendations to the City Commission regarding the operation of the Douglass Community Center and involvement in community events. Director Butler routinely attends their monthly meetings.
Douglass Center Advisory Board RCPD Liaison
Sergeant Ryan Doehling
Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan: RCPD partners to bring educational presentations and participate in speaking engagements with the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan. Children are most at risk of participating in and being victims of crime right after school lets out. B&G Club provides a safe and productive place for kids to go during the times when they are most vulnerable.
RCPD Community Outreach BBQ: The Riley County Police Department has made it a priority to get out into the community and be a part of events because together, we are a stronger, safer community. To further a culture of service throughout the organization, the department purchased a barbecue grill/smoker through donated funds, seized assets, and unused end-of-year personnel funds. The goal is to serve food to the community during events and actively participate with the community.
Coffee with a Cop: This is a causal meet-and-greet for members of the Riley County community to provide positive and fun interactions with police. We are hopeful that the program will help reach the section of the community that does not use social media or the internet. These are public meetings held over coffee throughout Manhattan and Riley County. Members of the community with suggestions on where to host future meetings are encouraged to contact the department’s Public Information Officer.
Nextdoor: Nextdoor.com is a free, private social network program where residents work together with the Riley County Police Department and their neighbors for a safer community. The program allows neighbors to talk online, obtain information about crimes in the area, locate missing animals, etc. The Riley County Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor.com to launch a program in the area not only to confront and resolve safety issues within the neighborhood, but also to help bring neighbors together. Other emergency and local government organizations such as the Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County EMS, Riley County Emergency Management, and the City of Manhattan have partnered with RCPD and Nextdoor.com.
The Riley County Police Department uses social media in an effort to keep people informed and educated on local and state laws, current events, and emergency notifications. We encourage our community to engage in meaningful, respectful conversation with us and fellow citizens. We believe social media helps to improve the quality of life by creating a direct method of communication with your police. To create a social environment that is welcoming to all people, as part of our social media policy, all posts or comments containing offensive or perceived to be offensive language will not be allowed.
Director Peete regularly attends meetings open to the public of all County governing bodies which include, the cities of Randolph, Riley, Leonardville, Ogden, Manhattan and Riley County. At these meetings, he shares information with those in attendance regarding RCPD operations, answers questions, and fields suggestions. Often these meetings are attended by other operational personnel for the same purpose. In February 2023, Director Peete held several town hall meetings to introduce himself and listen to the community concerns, suggestions and ideas relating to RCPD and safety. All those from each community within Riley County were invited to attend the meetings. The town halls were also live streamed from the RCPD Facebook page facebook.com/RileyCountyPD/.
The Riley County Police Department regularly participates in speaking engagements throughout the year. Members of the community who wish to schedule an officer to speak at an event, training, convention, or other gathering are asked to complete a Speaking Engagement and Appearance Request Form which can be found on the Riley County Police Department website. Advance notice is requested to ensure staff is available for the event.
Incident reports are requested and obtained by contacting the Riley County Police Department Records section. You can do this in person, by mail, by phone, or by completing an online request through www.rileycountypolice.org. Please contact Records during business hours with any questions you have regarding the process. The requester must know the approximate date and time or specific incident details to request a copy. Once Records confirms the incident, they will advise how much the records will cost (this all depends on the report size and details), obtain payment (cash, check, or money order), and supply the individual with a redacted copy of the report via in person, email, or fax. To learn more, you can find an informational brochure here.
The Riley County Police Department believes transparency creates trust between our department and the community. We are dedicated to accurate, timely release of information through our Public Information Officer. Each week day, the PIO publishes a Police Activity Report which is a summary of calls for service/ reports filed from the previous 24 hours.
The PIO routinely speaks to members of the public and local media partners about items listed in the Police Activity Report to give additional information as it may be available through the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). The report is readily available to the public when it is published on the RCPD website and social pages.
Once the report is complete by the officer(s), it must be approved by a supervisor and then submitted to Records. Depending on the incident filed and status of the report, Records can supply an individual with basic report details (information that is open to the public) within 1-2 days. Any report or record is subject to KORA however certain information within it may remain closed either by statute or at the discretion of the agency.
RCPD officers are first introduced to de-escalation training after the police academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. When they return they attend a basic use of force class where the elements of de-escalation as they pertain to the use of force are discussed. The new officer then practices scenarios where they have to successfully de-escalate a violent subject. Then, annually this type of training is repeated in a number of formats. Currently, RCPD has three (3) verbal de-escalation instructors who train officers on de-escalation during our annual Taser re-certification, annually during defensive tactics, and annually during our reality based-training. Officers will receive de-escalation training in various forms multiple times a year.
All employees, not just the police officers at RCPD, receive annual training in avoiding racial or any other biases regarding protected classes. Interestingly, the State of Kansas lists the following as protected classes from police bias: race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and religion; however, the RCPD has added the following classes as also protected: sexual orientation/identity, socio-economic status, and perceived disability and/or age. When training about racial biases, we train about not being biased toward all of these protected classes. Annually we hold a 2-4-hour training in some format pertaining to both implicit and explicit biases, and how our actions as a policing agency can negatively and positively affect others. Currently, we have three (3) instructors who are certified to teach the Fair and Impartial Policing curriculum which was taught for the training year 2018. Last year we discussed cultural awareness, and how culture leads us to view others differently. In the 2020 training year, we are training Fair and Impartial Policing again, keeping these ideas and philosophies ever-present in our employees' minds.
Police interaction with people within our community suffering a mental health crisis is a daily occurrence. To better serve those people the RCPD has taken the “One Mind Pledge” and has met and exceeded the pledge standards. The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness. The initiative focuses on uniting local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations so that the three become "of one mind." To join the campaign, law enforcement agencies must pledge to implement four promising practices over a 12-36-month time frame. These practices include: establishing a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with a community mental health organization, developing a model policy to implement police response to persons affected by mental illness, training and certifying sworn officers and selected non-sworn staff in mental health first aid training or other equivalent mental health awareness course, and providing crisis intervention team training.
To date the Riley County Police Department has:
As mentioned above the RCPD has established a Crises Interventions Team Council, the regional council includes several mental health providers and professionals as well as representatives from numerous first responder agencies from Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas State University, and Pottawatomie County. The RCPD is working toward training as many of our officers as possible in crisis intervention through the nationally recognized 40-hour CIT training program. Currently, the Department has about 30% of this goal with our police and corrections officers. We did have a 40-hour CIT training class scheduled earlier this year but it had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do plan to reschedule this training as soon as the pandemic threat passes.
We mention the One Mind Pledge and CIT in response to your question about de-escalation because the skills learned and the policies and procedures followed focus almost entirely upon de-escalation of any situation. De-escalation techniques are used by our officers prior to, during, and after force of any kind is applied and, in many situations, prevents the need for any physical force. All of our officers are required to complete Mental Health First aid and they work daily with our Mental Health Co-responders. Again, through these resources officers are practice and experience the power of communication to mitigate physical, bizarre, and often violent behavior with little or no force necessary.
On an annual basis, police officers are required to participate in training scenarios that replicate high-stress situations (approximately 8-10 hours a year). These situations include, but are not limited to:
The majority of the training consists of classroom instruction followed by officer scenarios. These scenarios are designed to be realistic and activate a physiological and psychological response in the officer. It is common for officers to experience an elevated heart and respiratory rate during the scenarios. By placing officers in these scenarios, we allow them to experience and understand how stressful situations will affect them so they will not be overwhelmed when dealing with a real-life event.
A police recruit begins their training by attending a 14-week basic police academy at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. After the recruit has successfully graduated from the academy, the recruit begins our agency’s Police Training Officer (PTO) program.
The PTO program is 18-weeks long and focuses on Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The PBL process provides recruits with the skills to solve future problems they will encounter as a police officer. The PTO program consists of two phases (Basic and Advanced). During each phase, the recruit is trained by a RCPD certified police training officer. Throughout the process, the recruit is evaluated by multiple training officers and must successfully complete the program prior to being released to solo patrol.
Once a police recruit has successfully completed the 18-week long PTO program, they are released to a probationary period until they complete their final training project. After completing this final project, the police recruit is released from recruit status and receives a monthly evaluation from their direct supervisor for 12 months.
The Police Training Officer Program was developed to train junior members of the organization (recruit officers) how to solve problems within the community. The program is based on national-level research into those competencies that all officers are expected to demonstrate. PTO uses a problem-based learning methodology. Problem-based learning is designed to place the responsibility on the recruit for his/her learning under the facilitation of an experienced officer. During the program, recruits are required to work through problem assignments and contact members of the community.
Officers present their Problem-Based Learning Exercises (PBLE) over a hypothetical situations.Often, our officers are presented with problems in their day-to-day duties that don't have an obvious answer or a predetermined outcome from a manual. PBLEs are ill-structured problems used to prepare officers to think on their feet and find the best outcomes.Before recruits are released from training, they must complete four PBLEs, two board evaluations, and a Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise (NPE). During an NPE, the officer is assigned to a concentrated area within Riley County and learns about the issues pertaining to the area and how they can help the citizens living there.
Officers present their Problem-Based Learning Exercises (PBLE) over a hypothetical situations.
Often, our officers are presented with problems in their day-to-day duties that don't have an obvious answer or a predetermined outcome from a manual. PBLEs are ill-structured problems used to prepare officers to think on their feet and find the best outcomes.
Before recruits are released from training, they must complete four PBLEs, two board evaluations, and a Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise (NPE). During an NPE, the officer is assigned to a concentrated area within Riley County and learns about the issues pertaining to the area and how they can help the citizens living there.
In 2015 the RCPD began training all employees in the principles of Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP). FIP was developed by Dr. Lorie Fridell and includes the development of a Comprehensive Program to Promote Fair and Impartial Policing. FIP addresses the phenomenon of human bias and provides a plan for law enforcement agencies to make positive changes in areas as diverse as policy development to hiring practices. The RCPD has been involved in this continuous process since 2015. All employees receive non-biased training and all are expected to be unbiased in the services they provide to our community irrespective of the assignment.
The Riley County Police Department recognizes its responsibility to both itself and the public to thoroughly investigate all complaints of misconduct brought against members of the department. To accomplish this task the department has implemented an internal investigation procedure that provides for a diligent and systematic inquiry of complaints received.
The Internal Affairs Investigation results are reported quarterly to the Law Board during public meetings and the annual report is posted on the department’s website here.
The Riley County Police Department has proactively provided this information for several years dating back to 2012. When evidence of criminal conduct is found, it is referred to others law enforcement agencies for investigation.
It is by the internal affair process that complaints are investigated to determine if policy violations occurred. If so, corrective measures are used to ensure quality law enforcement and preserve the community’s confidence in the department. The Riley County Police Department explicitly prohibits any form of biased-based behavior by any of its employees.
If citizens are dissatisfied with the results of a biased-based policing internal investigation they have the option the option of filing a complaint with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. You can find more information here.
The Attorney General’s Office publishes statistics on the number of biased-based or racial profiling complaints made with every Kansas law enforcement agency. Each agency is required by law to submit this information annually.
The Department's Internal Affairs Office investigates citizen complaints regarding police department personnel or policies. A positive relationship between the police and the public they serve, fostered by confidence and trust is essential to effective law enforcement.
The Riley County Police Department welcomes criticism of the department and valid complaints against its members or procedures. The purpose of the Internal Affairs function is to ensure complete, fair, and impartial investigations of citizen complaints.
To see how the process works, go here.
The Riley County Police Department was formed in 1974. The founding statutes contained provisions that provide for oversight of RCPD by the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency – what is commonly referred to as the “Law Board.” The Law Board is comprised of seven individuals who represent various constituencies in Riley County.
The Law Board is responsible for the enforcement of law and the providing of police protection and is authorized (in part) to: Appoint and establish the salary and compensation of the Director; Determine the number of personnel positions within the agency; Hear and affirm or revoke the suspension or dismissal of law enforcement officers; Establish salaries for personnel; Authorize the acquisition of equipment and supplies necessary to operate the department; Adopt an annual budget and certify same to the Riley County Board of County Commissioners and Manhattan City Commission; Authorize expenditures; Adopt rules and regulations necessary for the operation of the Department; and perform other duties as provided by law.
The Law Board typically meets at noon in the Manhattan’s City Commission meeting room at 11th and Poyntz on the third Monday of each month, except when that Monday is a legal holiday. In those instances, the meeting is generally held on the following day at noon. Special meetings are also occasionally scheduled and advertised well in advance to address non-routine issues. All members of the public are invited to attend and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled during each meeting. Accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities.
Law Board meetings are live-streamed on our Facebook page here.
Read about current Law Board Members or find more information on this page.
The Riley County Police Department offers employee wellness programs to help employees improve their physical and mental health. Among them are the internal Peer Support Program and vendor-provided Employee Assistance Program.
We recognize that employees are the most valuable assets to RCPD and have a direct impact on the success of the agency. The Department is dedicated to having a successful workplace and strives to increase the well-being and productivity of all employees, through the enhancement of all aspects of health.
Peer Support Program: The Riley County Police Department’s Peer Support Program is designed to provide confidential emotional support during and after times of personal or professional crisis to employees and their family members who express a need for assistance. The program promotes trust, allows for anonymity, and preserves confidentiality for all members utilizing the program.
The Peer Support Program participates in the Riley County Police Department’s comprehensive response to an officer-involved shooting, critical incidents, or any other potentially traumatic event.
Peer Support Team Members are required to attend a 40-hour training specific to Peer Support Groups/Programs. They provide emotional support and guidance but do not replace counselors, therapists, or psychologists nor do they replace outreach programs that are available to the department and its employees.
The program is comprised of one program manager, one peer support clinician, and team members consisting of a maximum of 10% of the employee population (presently 12 members). Membership is composed of sworn and non-sworn personnel who are officially designated by the Director after a structured selection process.
Employee Assistance Program: The Riley County Police Department offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all employees and their family members. The program is designed to assist in identifying and resolving a variety of concerns or issues that may adversely affect an employee’s personal or professional well-being or job performance or to simply provide resources to improve an employee’s quality of life. The resource topics offered by the program include wellness, relationships, work and education, financial, legal, lifestyle, and home and auto.
In addition to the above-mentioned programs, the department provides critical incident debriefs to employees following a traumatic event, death or abuse of a child, disfigurement injuries, officer-involved shooting, etc.
RCPD Department Chaplin: The Riley County Police Department Chaplain Program is comprised of professional clergy members who volunteer their services to the department, incarcerated individuals, and members of the community during times of crisis or conflict. Police Chaplains are on-call 24 hours a day to assist police officers with a variety of situations in the field such as death notifications, lost or missing persons, and suicides. With respect to death notifications, the chaplain may stay behind to speak with the family regarding the tragedy and provide resources to help them with funeral arrangements. Police Chaplains may also be requested to assist with crisis intervention, and respond to major incidents/disasters such as multiple injury vehicle accidents and officer-involved shootings. They provide support to RCPD personnel following such incidents or difficult calls. The Chaplains are familiar faces that employees feel they can easily confide in.
Lewis Smith is the primary Chaplain for the RCPD and oversees the program. He and fellow Police Chaplains provide support to employees of RCPD, their families, and those incarcerated.
The RCPD is committed to enhancing diversity within the police ranks. This diversity includes not only Black and Hispanic applicants, but also women and other minorities.
If citizens believe in us, we need people in our community to advocate for the police department and join us. We want diversity, we need diversity, we welcome diversity, and we believe diversity will make us an even better department.
We are lucky to have a multicultural community thanks to Fort Riley and Kansas State University. The Riley County Police Department is in the process of building relationships at K-State and Fort Riley with the hopes of giving talks at groups/classes and participating in specialty events. Police, Corrections, and Dispatch attend recruiting events in Manhattan, at K-State, and Fort Riley. We have recently extended our recruiting presence to colleges in Western Kansas in an attempt to recruit and retain Hispanic applicants in an effort to further diversify our department to represent the community we serve.
The Riley County Police Department has recently acquired a food trailer to take to recruiting and community events as a way of making connections with people. The department is in the process of creating a recruiting team which will complement and operate independently of the food trailer depending on the event.
We are aware of the lack of diversity in our patrol division and are examining our hiring process and what can be done to improve our hiring results.
The Riley County Police Department holds their employees to a high standard of service to the community and prides themselves on living and working by the following values.
Integrity - Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, honesty.
Teamwork/Cooperation- Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group or persons acting together as a team or in the interest of a common cause. An act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
Initiative - An introductory act or step; leading action; readiness and ability in initiating action; one's personal, responsible decision.
Empathy - The intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
Reliability - That which may be relied on; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honest, etc.
Judgment - The ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion.
Professionalism - Professionalism is defined as, "Professional character, spirit, or methods. The standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur."
Loyalty - Loyalty is defined as, "The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations."
In 1991 the Riley County Police Department became the 1st Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency in Kansas and was the 168th agency nation-wide. Accreditation is a voluntary process that demonstrates a clear commitment for procedural justice, ethical policing, community trust, transparency in service, appropriate organizational culture, fairness, and consistency in what citizens should expect from a law enforcement agency. RCPD is required to meet or exceed national standards put into place to ensure our agency is doing what it should while serving you. Accreditation is highly valued by Law Enforcement professionals and recognized as an achievement of professional excellence. There are different levels of accreditation attainable. The Department elects to strive for Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, which means complying with all 461 national accreditation standards that are applicable to our agency.
The Department has maintained its accredited status during on-site assessments conducted in 1990, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016, and most recently in December of 2019. The Riley County Police Department re-earned its Accreditation in 2020. The following awards have been attained by the Riley County Police Department:
To learn more about the process of accreditation and our progress, please feel free to contact the Riley County Police Department's Accreditation Manager or the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at www.calea.org.
On April 18, 2023, the Riley County Police Department became dual-accredited through newly established state of Kansas accreditation.
The Kansas Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (KLEAP) is the official Kansas state accrediting body facilitated by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC).
KLEAP is a voluntary initiative for professional improvement expressing commitment to professional law enforcement practices. State accreditation includes 167 standards.
All officers of the Riley County Police Department below the rank of Captain, who are assigned to uniformed operational roles, wear body cameras. Policy states officers are to record all traffic stops, field arrests, pursuits, and encounters with hostile citizens. Officers also have to record situations that have the reasonable possibility of leading to an arrest or a notice to appear in court. Field interviews of victims concerning sensitive matters such as sexual assaults i.e. minimalistic interviews for the purpose of establishing the basis for further investigation and the gathering of basic information in the field, are recorded as well. Officers may also record situations when they believe a video or audio recording of the event would serve the bests interests of the community or the department.
Officers do not routinely record all citizen encounters. Recordings are not made of individuals in areas that are in use for private matters such as restrooms or locker rooms. With regard to medical care facilities, officers are to use discretion when interviewing individuals receiving treatment to prevent embarrassment and/or violation of privacy.
Why not all?
The ranking system in the Patrol Division is listed below:
Captain and above to the Director typically work in office settings and are not routinely in the field on police matters that would require the use of body cameras.
A. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents no threat to himself or others, the officer will respond with force unlikely to cause injury.
B. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents a threat to himself or others likely to cause minor physical injury, the officer may respond to resistance with force likely to cause minor physical injury.
C. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents an imminent threat to himself or others likely to cause death or serious bodily harm, the officer may respond with force that could cause death or serious bodily harm.
The Riley County Police Department has been nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1991. That means RCPD is required to meet or exceed national standards put into place to ensure our agency is doing what it should while serving you.
Accreditation is voluntary and is regarded as best practice because it holds departments to a higher standard. The lawful use of force is a significant part of the CALEA standards.
Police use of force is regulated by state and federal law. Police Officers and law enforcement organizations who break these laws can face criminal and civil penalties. Lawful force must be “objectively reasonable.”
Police officers must also follow court rulings when using lethal force against fleeing felons.
To create and maintain the best policing behaviors to appropriately serve our community, we consider 3 main topics:
Policy/procedures: Violations of policies and procedures are enforced internally through an investigative and disciplinary process. Each year, the RPCD files more complaints internally about employee conduct in general than what we receive from the public.
Training: RCPD officers are given extensive training in the use of force and are expected to follow training guidelines. We reinforce training through role-playing in different scenarios. These scenarios give officers the experiences they need to appropriately respond in the field. Our training staff receives instruction in advanced teaching techniques including some that effectively prepare officers for use-of-force encounters.
Direct Supervision: We require a supervisor to be on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Supervisors receive special training and are required to be in the field during critical incidents. Supervisors review every use of force report. Force found to be unreasonable is referred to Internal Affairs for investigation. If the use of force is lawful, but not consistent with training, that officer receives remedial training.
The RCPD is an evidence-based organization. We use the latest research to determine what is and what is not effective and appropriate. When considering use of force, we annually review our internal data on a large scale to determine a number of things including:
The resulting data is used to create future training.
Below you will find the RCPDs policy tied in with training in reference to common questions regarding the use of force. Our agency hopes to continue dialogue with the public on these topics.
RCPD officers are never trained on any technique which inhibits blood flow to the brain. A choke or stranglehold is prohibited, except where lethal force is authorized.
Officers are trained to use tactics (such as allowing for distance between themselves and a potential threat) which reduces the likelihood that lethal force may be necessary.
RCPD Policy 4.1.2 [3B3]: "Officers are authorized to use any technique or any item as a weapon when faced with what the officer reasonably believes to be a threat of death or serious bodily harm."
De-escalation techniques are trained extensively in exercises. Several training scenarios require officers to use de-escalation techniques in order to successfully resolve the exercise. De-escalation is incorporated into almost every topic we cover during training.
RCPD officers are also trained in Crisis Intervention Training. This training focuses on addressing mental health crises and is used in many situations officers are called to assist in. We participate in a local Crisis Intervention Training council. RCPD operates a Mental Health Co-responder Program comprised of mental health professionals who respond with officers in the field to help people who find themselves in a mental health crisis.
Our officers have been trained to rely on the elements of procedural justice when making traffic enforcement decisions. This means officers deliver talking points to educate drivers on what they traffic law they broke and discuss locally conducted studies which surveyed local citizens asking them for the top traffic offenses they cared about along with what they believed the RCPD should be enforcing. When RCPD looked at our internal crash data, it was found that the top 5 causes of preventable accidents in Riley County are the same violations that this community expects us to enforce.
RCPD officers are required to warn before shooting at a fleeing felon when practical. Officers are prohibited from firing “warning shots”. Officers are not required to warn in other circumstances because it is not always practical to do so.
RCPD Policy 4.1.2 [3A2]: "To prevent the escape of a fleeing violent felon who the officer has probable cause to believe will pose a significant threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others unless arrested without delay. Where practicable prior to the discharge of a firearm, officers shall identify themselves as law enforcement officers and state their intent to shoot."
RCPD Policy 4.1.3 : "Warning Shots: Officers are prohibited from firing warning shots."
Officers are also equipped and trained to deploy and use devices that are less likely to be lethal when compared to bullets.
Officers are required to take appropriate actions at all times and to report violations of policy. RCPD officers have been trained through scenarios to intervene when they perceive that another officer is using excessive force. The RCPD is currently considering adding language to the use of force policy which would explicitly require officers to intercede when they perceive inappropriate force is being used. This emphasizes the importance of community conversations about policing and the need for RCPD policy to be a living document. As indicated earlier by the number of internal complaints compared to external complaints, the RCPD has a culture of self-reporting violations.
“K. Failure to Take Appropriate Action:
1) Department members will take action when appropriate and/or necessary in accordance
with policies and procedures.
“EE. Reporting Violations of Policies and Procedures: Department members will report any violations of policies or procedures, whether committed by themselves or another member, to their supervisor on the workday during which the member becomes aware of the violation, or on the member’s next scheduled workday – whichever is first.
RCPD Officers have been trained to get out of the way of vehicles coming toward them rather than shooting at them. Policy allows officers to shoot at moving vehicles when reasonable.
RCPD Policy 4.1.2 [3B2b}: "Firearms may be discharged to disable a moving vehicle only if exigent circumstances exist."
The Riley County Police Department uses a force model to help guide officers when deciding what level of force is reasonable in response to a subject's resistance and perceived threat level.
The force model is simple, easy to apply/remember, and comports in principle to constitutional law.
RCPD Policy 4.1.2 :
"Force Model: The following force model will be used to guide officers when deciding what level of force is reasonable in response to a subject’s perceived threat level.A. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents no threat to himself or others, the officer will respond with force likely to cause no injury.B. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents a threat to himself or others likely to cause minor physical injury, the officer may respond with force likely to cause minor physical injury.C. When an officer reasonably believes that a subject presents an imminent threat to himself orothers likely to cause death or serious bodily harm, the officer may respond with force likely to cause death or serious bodily harm."
Our reporting process is extensive and elaborate. Each use of force undergoes six levels of review, and includes the Director. RCPD goes the extra mile by producing an annual report which examines the effectiveness of our force techniques in the filed and acts as a feedback loop to our training programs.
Since this is an extensive policy, a short excerpt is provided below. The introduction states:
“Reporting Use of Force – General: Written use of force reports will be submitted detailing the
circumstances of any incident where Department members respond to resistive and/or aggressive behavior with any technique or method outlined in this policy.”
The Riley County Police Department Budget is funded according to Kansas State Statue (K.S.A. 19-4443):
Carry over is the combination of two items:
K.S.A. 45-219(c) allows the RCPD to charge a modest fee in response to information requests. Those funds are added to the unused funds for a given year and become carryover.
You can view the City of Manhattan's Finance page on their website.
You can view Riley County budget information on their website.
The final budget will be available after the required process is complete.
Administration at RCPD works with the Law Board to discuss and modify the budget timeline as needed for the appropriate year. Around March, discussions begin with the Law Board to determine what is deemed necessary and begin preliminary budget preparations and obtain guidance.
A draft budget is created and presented to the Law Board around April. At the time of the draft budget presentation, a determination is made for additional Law Board meetings if necessary for budget development.
A proposed budget is presented at the next Law Board Meeting and released for publication by the media prior to a mandatory public hearing. After the required hearing, and public release of the proposed budget, the Law Board can formally adopt the final budget at their next meeting.
You can expect a final annual budget for the upcoming year around July. The budget becomes effective on January 1 of the following year.
The RCPD manages costs by:
In early 2020, the Riley County Police Department changed its grooming policy to allow for well-kept facial hair for all employees, sworn and non-sworn. Facial hair must be neatly trimmed and abide by guidelines set in policy.
Employees are allowed to show acceptable tattoos while at work. Tattoos, body art, or brandings deemed acceptable may be worn uncovered or visible upon the arms and legs of the employee’s body while such employee is on duty.
In early 2021 the Riley County Police Department transitioned sworn officers to navy blue uniforms. The new uniforms are made of a more durable material with multi-seasonal technology to accommodate long patrol hours in both the hot summer and brisk winter.
Our officers are out in the community every day rain or shine. Proper uniforms ensure we help to protect them from the elements while they are protecting the people we serve. The navy uniforms are made of material that will perform better, and show less dirt, grime, wear and tear.
Corrections Officers wear a standard-issue light brown blouse and dark brown pants. Corrections Officers may choose to wear a short or long sleeve (polyester) shirt or the short or long sleeve (cotton, BDU style) shirt at their discretion.
Dispatchers do not have a set uniform but instead follow a business casual dress code. Civilian department members maintain an appearance which is appropriate and functional for their specific job tasks.
The Riley County Police Department Physical Abilities Test (RCAT) is a hybrid physical ability/ job task analysis course designed to evaluate police officer and correction officer personnel and candidates on the essential physical capacities required to successfully perform their duties.
The RCAT was designed to replicate critical and essential physical tasks and demands faced by Riley County Law Enforcement Officers and Corrections Officers in the performance of their duties. Both specific tasks and overall physical demands are replicated through the use of a carefully designed, timed, and validated obstacle course.
A career at the Riley County Police Department is beneficial in many ways. You earn a sense of pride serving our community while also earning financial, health, and other benefits. We pay our employees a competitive salary and pride ourselves on providing benefits that work for our employees. Click here for detailed benefit information.
There are many ways to make a difference at the Riley County Police Department. It's important to us that you grow professionally. That is why we provide many ways for you to grow here with us. Join our team and find your niche today. Click here to explore career development opportunities at the Riley County Police Department.
Prior experience and certified training may be an added benefit when joining the Riley County Police Department. We accept lateral officers and recognize peace officer training completed in the state of Kansas. For officers certified in another state, reciprocity training is required through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The Director may authorize successful candidates with verifiable applicable prior experience be hired at a higher rate of pay than entry-level candidates.
The Riley County Police Department reserves the right to review credentials and make individual decisions on how the department will recognize them.
Riley County Police Department Officers must attend the Kansas Peace Officer basic training from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC).
KLETC is located twelve miles southeast of Hutchinson near Yoder, Kansas.
Students attending KLETC must reside in the student dormitory unless authorized to commute by the KLETC Associate Director. The training classes typically take 3-4 months.
The first step in the hiring process is to complete an application. However, for most positions at the Riley County Police Department, there is also a timed typing test requirement as well. This is a test that you complete, online prior to the application deadline.
Typing tests are due by the application deadline. After you apply, a link will be emailed to applicants automatically. Please complete the typing test through that link and take a screenshot of your passing typing test score and attach the results to your application in ADP or email them to: email@example.com , PRIOR to the application and typing test deadline.
The following positions, among others, require a timed typing test:
Dispatcher - 40 wpm, net
Police Officer - 16 wpm, net
Police Service Aide - 16 wpm, net
Corrections Officer - 16 wpm, net
Court Security Screener - 16 wpm, net
Employees must live within Riley County or within a 30-mile radius of the Riley County Police Department. Our jurisdiction is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. This bike-friendly community is a great place to enjoy the Konza Prairie, Kansas State University Athletic Events, and the outdoors. The following sites offer helpful information to assist you in making the move to our area.
For out-of-state applicants that wish to go through any of our hiring processes:
We will try to schedule any pre-employment physical agility testing and/or written exam, for out-of-state applicants, on or around the dates of the Oral Boards, so that you may complete as many steps as possible in one visit. This will need to be coordinated directly with our HR Technician.
Each step in the hiring process must be successfully completed in order to continue forward to the next step. Upon receipt of your application and at the start of any new process for which you have applied, you will be notified of the timeline for the hiring process.
Every hiring process is unique; however, for most sworn positions, it follows the steps below. Dates and deadlines will be posted for each hiring process to give potential applicants
For Dispatch positions, most processes follow the steps below:1. Hiring process opens for applications2. Submit an application and typing test3. Culture Index Survey4. Written Exam5. Oral Board Exercise/Interview6. Background Investigation/ CVSA7. Division Commander Interview8. Psychological Evaluation9. Job-related medical screening10. Tentative Hire Date
If you advanced to the Oral Board stage of a Hiring Process and were not chosen to move forward, you must wait 6 months before reapplying for that same position.
If you have any questions please contact Nicole Douthit DL: 785-473-2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're looking for a rewarding career where you can serve our community, the Riley County Police Department is the place for you.
To apply, click here to go to our career center. In the career center, you will find current openings. We are always accepting applications. If you would like to submit an application prior to a position being open, please fill out the "general application" through the link above and state what position you are interested in. Once a position opens, your application will be included and you will be personally notified.
If you would like to speak with a recruiter to learn more about RCPD before applying, please fill out this form and a recruiter will contact you.
Employees are paid monthly on the final day of the month. Below are the starting rates for each position.
Eligible non-sworn employees may also receive:
Eligible sworn employees may also receive:
Due to normal attrition, the Riley County Police Department recruits the following positions on a regular basis. To obtain more information about the minimum requirements, typical duties, essential functions, skills, knowledge, and physical demands for these positions, please refer to the job descriptions listed below:
Job Description - Police OfficerJob Description - DispatcherJob Description - Correction OfficerJob Description - Police Service Aide
RCPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
As other positions within the Department become open, relevant job descriptions will be posted. If you have questions please contact:
The Riley County Police Department (RCPD) is looking to recruit volunteers to supplement our workforce and improve overall efficiency of the Department. RCPD Volunteers in Police Service (V.I.P.S) will perform administrative/clerical, maintenance, janitorial, language interpretation, and photography/videographer services, and other duties as the need arises. The V.I.P.S Program focuses on administrative support for the Department.
Applications can be picked up at the Riley County Police Department or click the link at the top of this page to complete a electronic PDF application. Electronic applications can be emailed to contact personnel listed below.
The Riley County Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor.com as well as the Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Riley County Emergency Management, and the City of Manhattan to bring a robust online community program to the residents of Manhattan and Riley County. Each agency will use Nextdoor in different ways and RCPD plans to replace the neighborhood watch program with this new and more efficient service. The police department's use of Nextdoor will work hand-in-hand with the nextcoffee program to help reach the section of the community that doesn't currently utilize social media applications or the internet.
This free service can be set up in a few simple steps: go to Nextdoor.com to create an account. During this process, you will be asked to verify your address in one of several ways and once approved you will be assigned to a neighborhood. At this time you can begin being social with your community on Nextdoor. Neighborhoods are generally larger portions of the city or county so we encourage you to create smaller more defined groups within your neighborhood. These groups could be used to connect neighbors on a certain street or within a certain town inside of Riley, County.
Since this is an online service we still suggest that it is used responsibly, however, the Riley County Police Department isn't going to tell you what you can and can't post (for more information visit Nextdoor.com). Many neighborhoods around the nation have used this service to post flyers for lost pets, set up garage sales, help prevent crime, and communicate with emergency services (and in Manhattan, community members will be able to communicate the City of Manhattan who will be one of the first cities to embrace the program in this way). Most importantly this service can be used to communicate with neighbors. Find a recommendation for a babysitter, organize a block party, and much more. Nextdoor users can post information to their neighborhood or surrounding neighborhoods as well as send private messages.
Starting in January 2015, the Riley County Police Department will have completely replaced the neighborhood watch program. RCPD has chosen Nextdoor for its community tools and the ability to be used for several different tasks. RCPD's Public Information Officer will post regularly about community safety tips, just as would have been done in neighborhood watch prior to this switch. The key concept to neighborhood watch is the fact that neighbors take ownership and pride in their community; this program bolsters communication and ownership.
Nextdoor has an excellent customer support and has worked hard to bring such a great service to our community. All issues with this service should be directed to Nextdoor.com. Common issues as the program starts up in our community is neighborhood names, these can be changed by the company in most cases.
Before making a report online, make sure the following is true:
If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 785-537-2112.
You can report:
The state of Kansas requires demographic information to be collected from victims of crime. Typically if you were to meet with an officer in person, this information is gained during the initial interview with you or through the details listed on your driver’s license.
No. Your email address will only be used to make contact with you concerning law enforcement matters. You will not receive any promotional or governing body email notifications from the RCPD. If you would like to sign up to receive emails, please visit the following links:
Only report the information you know yourself to be true. Filing a false police report is a crime and is punishable under KSA 21-3818. Please file online reports responsibly and as completely and accurately as possible. If you are reporting a crime in progress or an emergency, please dial 911.
Online reporting is a convenient way to report certain crimes without having to come to the police department. It’s possible that when you call to report non-emergent crimes, you may have to wait to speak to an officer or meet with an officer. Online reporting allows you to provide us with the information and a means to contact you as soon as an officer is available to assist you. As the world continues to evolve towards more electronic means, we want to provide everyone in Riley County with the option to utilize technology to allow them to file a report on their time and at their own convenience.
To provide you with the most efficient service. Due to the nature of some crimes, officers would potentially need to ask for additional information and investigate in person. This could be to collect certain types of evidence before it becomes contaminated, maintain a scene, or provide mental health and victim advocacy services among other reasons.
No matter the outcome of your report you will receive at a minimum an email from either an officer or a records clerk typically within 48 hours excluding weekends. You may receive a phone call from the reviewing officer if they have questions about your report to better understand how to process it.
Yes. The information you provide on the form is submitted and stored on a server with secure encryption. The Riley County Police Department takes substantial steps to ensure data collected is safe through our own internal system and any third-party software.
Yes. Once you submit the report, an email is sent to our Records Division notifying them that a report was submitted. A Records clerk will access the data from the webform site and download the PDF file of the report during normal business hours. The clerk will add a call for service for tracking purposes, and the report will be passed to an officer for review. The officer will decide the next steps and notify the morning processing clerk. Following this process, you will be contacted by email or by phone depending on the circumstance of the crime. If the case is inactivated or no case is created, the reporting party will not hear directly from an officer.
If you have an emergency, please call 911 immediately. If you are in a situation where calling 911 is more dangerous, we allow plain text-to-911. The online reporting form is not for emergencies.
Learn more about text-to-911.
Students of all walks of life. Though this program was named after its original audience, it has expanded past just the greek community at Kansas State. Sports teams, academic societies, large study groups and any other gathering of 20 or more college-aged community members are encouraged to participate. Whether you have questions regarding alcohol, safety, or the police in general, this program is for you.
Officers that participate in Operation Greek tend to be younger in age, but with enough knowledge and experience to adequately answer questions and join in on conversations that may arise. These officers are meant to facilitate conversation and answer questions posed to them on the fly and are discouraged from creating a boring hour-long presentation for your group to sit through.
In 2011, three Patrol officers came together during a portion of their training and began to research the history and effects of Fake Patty's Day on Manhattan and Riley County. This was similar to the projects completed by all newer officers at the department and is a requirement of their employment (the neighborhood portfolio exercise). Many officers will select a neighborhood and report on its crime and ways that the department may be able to affect that crime, but these three officers chose to work together on a project that was bigger than one specific area of their jurisdiction and instead picked something that had a large effect on the community as a whole. Officer Droge, Officer Wilkey, and Officer Doehling looked at crime statistics, researched festivals and events in other cities and states, as well as met with the public to get their take on FPD. Throughout the process of interviewing college-age community members, the three found that there was a communication breakdown between the department and that demographic. This was something they felt they needed to change and on their own, without command of the department, decided to meet with fraternities and sororities in their "off-duty" time. This initiative on the part of our officers created Operation Greek and continues to improve relationships between the police department and students at Kansas State. It has since become a permanent and active program at the Riley County Police Department.
No. We never have access to your camera unless you give us access. We also only have the access you provide. If you want us to watch a certain portion, that is the portion we have access to. If you want to provide an entire video, that is what we will view.
No. We do not have any instant access or access to live streams or cameras. This program is 100% voluntary. A person can choose at any time to participate or to decline participation. There is no pressure either way. We respect and value your privacy. We want to work together with the citizens of Riley County to solve and reduce crime. Keeping Riley County safe is incumbent upon all of us. We devote our lives to this mission but rely on the public’s help.
Your information is confidential. We will never disclose your information with other members of the public. We will only use the information you provide to us to contact you if there is a crime in your area to request any video footage you may have. We will not share your information with members of the public.
We are proud to partner with Ring to make sharing videos with RCPD easier. Ring’s Neighbors app gives us a platform to better engage and inform you. This is another social avenue where you can reach out to RCPD, so we can work together for safer neighborhoods. Using the Neighbors app, we are able to request video footage from you in the case of an active investigation. The process is the same as stated prior — we make the request, and you get to choose to share or decline. The choice will always be yours. You can also opt-out of all future requests if you do not want to be contacted again.
No. We make the request but you get to choose to share or decline. The choice will always be yours. You can also opt-out of all future requests if you do not want to be contacted again.
We will contact you using the methods you provide. We can also reach out to you through the Ring Neighbors app if you are signed up. Dependent on the circumstances of the crime, we will do our best to contact registered camera owners during convenient day hours.
There is not a specific type of crime we will be requesting video footage for. We take all crime seriously and hope to apprehend and prosecute people breaking the law.
Yes. This program is not active surveillance or for police to check on routine things occurring in neighborhoods. All information is housed in a secure database. We do not have direct access to your private video system, just a way to contact you to request to view the footage. It is normal for officers and detectives to reach out to the public for assistance with video or pictures of areas where crime has occurred to gather evidence. Project Safe Cam allows us a quicker way to determine if there is video evidence and gives us a method to contact the owner to request to view the footage.
It is an execution of a judicial order (Order for Sale) signed by a Judge ordering the Sheriff's Department (RCPD) to sell a foreclosed property.
Sheriff sales are held in front of the Riley County Court House on a Tuesday or a Thursday at 10 am. A sworn police officer from Riley County will usually conduct the sale.
Information on the property can be found in your local newspaper well in advance of the sale, also as part of open records this information can be obtained at the Riley County Court House but only if you have the defendant's name. The officer conducting the sale has no information nor can they answer any specific questions on the property being sold.
No, the property is still owned legally by the occupants. You can get whatever information is available through open records either at the Riley County District court or online using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and inputting the address.
On the day of the sheriff sale (Tuesday or Thursday) at 10 am a sworn officer from the Riley County Police Department will be present in front of the Riley County District Court House main entrance facing Poyntz Avenue. The officer will introduce themself and announce the sale by stating the case number, plaintiff and defendant, and description of property as listed on the court order. The officer will also state the terms for payment either cash, certified/cashier's check, or money order which will have to be paid to the Riley County District court on the day of the sale. The officer will then open the sale up for bidding. The first bid is normally and almost always placed by the attorney representing the bank that has the note on the property. Once this bid is made then others who are present may bid higher if they wish. The officer will close the sale once the best and highest bid has been entered.
The officer that conducted the sale will escort the winning bidder (usually attorney for bank) into the court house and complete what is referred to as a Directors return on sale of property. The attorney will present the return document(s) to the officer and the officer will review it and if it's complete and accurate then he will sign it for the Director of the Riley County Police Department and hand the document back to the attorney. The attorney will then take the return and get it file stamped with the clerk of the Riley County District Court. If a private bidder tenders the highest bid then they will have to coordinate with the attorney representing the bank for return documents. The private bidder will have to make arrangements to pay the amount they bid to the clerk of the Riley County District Court. The private bidder will receive a printed receipt from the clerk reflecting the amount that was paid and the case number that matches the one on the order of sale.
After the sale the following events occur prior to the deed being issued:
If the property is redeemed there will be no deed issued for the property and the clerk of the Court will refund the money paid on the day of the sale. Remember this property is not legally owned by the winning bidder until the deed has been issued and therefore the winning bidder has no right to enter or evict the people occupying the property.
Yes. Members of the CAB are available to speak at community group functions. We can tailor our presentation to the time amount available for your particular group.
The CAB advises RCPD on community concerns and relays information about RCPD to the public.
No. Its role is to advise the department with input from the public.
The CAB Chair reports periodically to the Law Board on its activities; and the Law Board approves the CAB by-laws.
From the beginning, efforts have been made to develop a group that represents a cross-section of the Riley County public, with members from a variety of business, geographic and cultural communities. Members of the CAB can nominate candidates to serve on the Board. Members are appointed by the Director of the Riley County Police Department.
The Community Advisory Board encourages the public's input: email the CAB.
To be added to an upcoming meeting agenda you may email CAB Chairman by clicking here or contact RCPD Executive Offices Manager Nichole Glessner at (785) 537-2112 ext 2468.
To be added to an upcoming meeting agenda you may request it through the CAB Chairman by emailing the CAB.
FOUNDING DOCUMENT / June 30, 2009
Maintaining public safety and order is a first priority in an organized society, and political subdivisions designate police units to perform that function. Carrying out the police role effectively depends on sustained understanding and communication between the police unit and the related community.
Confirming its long commitment to a positive community-police relationship, the Riley County Police Department formally established a Community Advisory Board in July 2009. The Board is a group of citizens chosen to 1) serve as a communications link between the Department and the public, 2) help improve public understanding of the Department role, and 3) advise the Department on issues, opportunities, and policies.
In carrying out those functions, the CAB is guided by the principle that the Riley County Police Department serves to ensure the security of persons and property and to maintain public order and safety, always guided by the highest standards of professional police practice.
ARTICLE 1 NAMEThe name of this group shall be the Community Advisory Board for the Riley County Police Department hereinafter referred to as the CAB.
ARTICLE II MISSIONAs a group of citizens representative of Riley County's diverse population, the CAB is established to help the Riley County Police Department and the entire county community by:
ARTICLE III OBJECTIVESIn keeping with its mission, the CAB shall formulate specific objectives based on current considerations and intended to benefit the Department and the citizens in its jurisdiction through a positive police community relationship. Objectives are recorded in the CAB's minutes and are subject to periodic revision.
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP
1. Number of Members: The Community Advisory Board shall consist of no less than nine and no more than twelve members.2. Eligibility for Membership: Only those persons who are legal residents of Riley County or who are representatives of entities located in Riley County shall be eligible for membership. The CAB may consider persons from neighboring counties who are impacted by the services of the RCPD.3. Appointment: CAB members may nominate individuals for appointment to the CAB. The RCPD Director has the authority to appoint new members.4. Term of Membership: Members of the CAB shall be appointed for a term of three years with no more than one third of the terms to expire each year. Members may be reappointed for a second term at the discretion of the RCPD Director. Terms are for the calendar year.5. Ex officio Members: The RCPD Director shall be an ex officio, non-voting, member of the CAB. The Director or the Director's designee is a participant in all CAB meetings.6. Attendance: A member who fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings without an adequate reason for such absences may be subject to removal from the CAB.7. Resignation: A member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the RCPD Director or the Chair of the CAB.8. Declaration of Vacancy: A simple majority of the members present at any duly called meeting of the CAB at which a quorum is present may recommend to the RCPD Director that a vacancy be declared for a member for cause. Cause may include a member's failure to attend sufficient meetings or to properly discharge his or her responsibilities as a member of the CAB. Vacancies created by such termination may be filled by the RCPD Director upon recommendation by the CAB.9. Conflict of Interest: Should any member of the CAB be financially or otherwise closely associated with any issue that comes before the CAB, said member shall disqualify himself or herself from consideration of the issue and shall not sit with the CAB during such consideration. The member with the conflict of interest may nevertheless speak as a member of the public concerning the issue during the course of the matter, and his or her comments shall be considered by the CAB in the same manner as all other comments by members of the public.10. Privileges and Limitations of Membership: The CAB is an advisory group, and it has no power to establish policy nor does it have any role in RCPD operations. Members serve on the CAB voluntarily and are not considered RCPD employees nor are they entitled to benefits associated with employment by the RCPD. CAB members shall be bound by a requirement for confidentiality defined in a document executed as a condition of appointment.
ARTICLE V OFFICERSThe officers of the CAB shall include a Chair and a Vice Chair. There shall exist a presumption of succession in which the Vice Chair assumes the Chair position in the year following service as Vice Chair. At the first meeting of the year the Vice Chair shall be elected by a majority vote from among the CAB membership. Upon election, the Vice Chair shall immediately assume office. Officers may serve for a term of one year and no more than two successive one-year terms. The minutes of the meetings will be recorded by a RCPD staff member and shared with the CAB members..
ARTICLE VI DUTIES OF OFFICERS1. Duties of the Chair. The Chair shall:
2. Duties of the Vice Chair. The Vice Chair shall:
ARTICLE VII MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES, PRIVILEGES, AND LIMITATIONS1. The CAB meets and confers with the RCPD Director or the Director's designee concerning law enforcement needs, opportunities, and concerns.2. The CAB refers to the RCPD Director or the Director's designee all questions requiring clarification of policy and provides the Department with citizens' reactions to police procedures, policies, and performance.3 The CAB communicates information to other community residents and seeks citizens' input on issues, opportunities, and concerns to be brought to the attention of the Department.4. The CAB actively participates in discussions, special projects, programs, events, activities, or acts as otherwise necessary to fulfill the CAB's mission as set forth in Article II.5. The CAB is not empowered to establish policy or investigate charges or operational matters of the RCPD, although these areas may be topics of discussion between the CAB and the RCPD Director at the regularly scheduled meetings.
ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEESThe CAB may create ad hoc committees as needed to carry out specific assignments or otherwise to accomplish the CAB mission and objectives. The chair of each such committee shall be a voting member of the CAB.
ARTICLE IX QUORUM AND VOTING1. Quorum. To conduct the regular business of the CAB a simple majority of the current membership shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present after the scheduled meeting time, the meeting will be rescheduled.2. Actions. All actions by the CAB are preferred to be decided by consensus. If necessary, actions may be put before the members in the form of a motion, duly seconded and voted upon by at least a quorum of the members.3. Voting. Voting is by voice or by show of hands at the discretion of the Chair. Votes may only be taken at a properly announced meeting at which a quorum is present. Unless otherwise provided in these Bylaws the passage of any item shall require a simple majority vote of those in attendance. Each member present, including officers, shall be entitled to one vote. Voting by absentee ballot, proxy, facsimile transmission, or e-mail shall not be permitted.
ARTICLE X REGULAR MEETINGSRegularly scheduled meetings shall be held throughout the year. The frequency and specific calendar of meetings shall be determined by consensus at the first meeting of the year and shall include a first meeting date for the following calendar year. Notification of all regular meetings shall be provided to all members no less than seven days prior to said meetings. An agenda will be prepared for each meeting. Any CAB member may suggest that an item be placed on the agenda; however, the majority of the quorum present or the Chair will decide on agenda items. If the Chair and Vice Chair are both absent at any meeting of the CAB, the CAB will elect a Chair pro tempore to serve for that meeting.
ARTICLE XI SPECIAL MEETINGSSpecial meetings for any purpose may be called by the Chair or the Vice Chair or by a majority of the CAB members. Notification of all special meetings shall be posted no less than five days prior to said meetings. Special meetings shall be conducted in the same manner as a regular meeting but shall be limited to the conduct of business specifically set forth in the notice.
ARTICLE XII PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMENTThe public is welcome to participate in meetings of the Community Advisory Board. The Board values public input and encourages individuals to take advantage of the public comment portion of the monthly meetings to express their opinions of matters of public concern. To allow fair treatment and equal opportunity for all who wish to participate, comments from the public will normally be limited to fifteen minutes. The Chairman of the Board may establish other guidelines as he/she deems necessary based upon the number of those wishing to speak, the time available, and other factors.
ARTICLE XIII ADOPTION OF BYLAWSThese Bylaws shall be declared adopted when passed by three-quarters vote of the entire CAB membership. Voting for adoption of Bylaws by absentee ballot, facsimile transmission, or e-mail shall be permitted. As needed, these Bylaws may also be amended in the same way, provided members have received written notice of the proposed amendment(s) at least thirty days before the voting due date.
The CAB identifies with and is guided by the values of the Riley County Police Department as set forth in Section 2 of the RCPD policy statement entitled: Written Directive System (last revised November 24, 2008).
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In response to the charge by the Director of the Riley County Police Department this founding document is adopted by the Community Advisory Board ad hoc Committee -- Trent Armbrust, Jarold Boettcher, John Carlin, Mo Hosni, Robert Kruh, Belinda McMillan-Snyder, Richard Pitts, Kathy Pauls, Tiffany Powell
The Riley County Police Department serves to ensure the security of persons and property and to maintain public order and safety, always guided by the highest principles of professional police practices.
As a group of citizens representative of Riley County's diverse population, the CAB is established to help the Riley County Police Department and the entire county community by:
In the Fall of 2008, Director Brad Schoen of the Riley County Police Department formed an Ad-Hoc Community Advisory Board which held its first meeting in early March of 2009. The purpose of the Ad Hoc Committee was to develop the by-laws and mission statement for the Community Advisory Board. The members of the Ad Hoc Committee were Director Schoen, Belinda Snyder, Jerry Boettcher, Mo Hosni, Bob Kruh, Tiffany Powell, John Doehling, John Carlin, Kathy Pauls, Richard Pitts and Trent Armbrust. The Ad Hoc Committee met again in April where Director Schoen charged the Ad Hoc Committee with the responsibility to develop a mission statement which "establishes as the CAB's purpose a partnership between the Riley County Police Department and the community which are designed to address areas of concern to either or both", and to "establish by-laws under which the CAB functions."
The Ad Hoc Committee met again in May of 2009 to discuss the charge given by Director Schoen and again in June and July, working to develop the mission statement and by-laws. Solicitation of members for the newly formed Community Advisory Board was initiated by Director Schoen in August of 2009, following presentation for approval by Director Schoen to the Riley County Law Board. As a part of the process, all members of the Community Advisory Board would be required to sign an Ethics and Confidentiality agreement, to be filed with the Riley County Police Department.
Member solicitation occurred in the months of August through December of 2009, and the initial members of the CAB were established and held their first meeting in January of 2010. Founding members of the Board are Mo Hosni, Jerry Boettcher, Jeff Levin, Steve Hargrave, Tiffany Powell, Dick Seaton, Heather Lansdowne, Trent Armbrust, Clay Taylor, Chris Ferris and Kathleen Greene. A student representative from Kansas State University serves as a position designated through the Student Government Association. Membership of the CAB is designed to be representative of the broad community, including Manhattan and the surrounding area, Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and to be consistent with the diversity of Riley County.
In March 2021 Dispatchers officially became classified as “emergency responders” in Kansas after Governor Laura Kelly signed Sentate Bill 40 into law.
Dispatchers are most often the first point of contact for people in emergency situations and play a critical role in getting help to people when they need it most.
Senate Bill 40 states that emergency responders now include: law enforcement officers, firefighters, 911 call-takers, emergency medical services personnel, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, public health personnel, emergency management personnel, public works personnel, and individuals with skills or training in operating specialized equipment needed to provide aid in a declared emergency.
Every year during the second week of April, we honor our dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW).
Emergencies can occur at any time that requires police, fire, or emergency medical services. A prompt response is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property. The safety of our police officers, firefighters, and paramedics is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who call the RCPD Communications Center. Dispatchers are the first and most critical contact citizens have with emergency services. They are the vital link for police officers, firefighters, and paramedics by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them information, and ensuring their safety.
Public Safety Dispatchers of the Riley County Police Department have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires, and treatment of patients.
Each dispatcher has exhibited compassion, understanding, and professionalism during the performance of their jobs. All citizens of Manhattan and Riley County observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our city, county, and citizens safe.
Below you will find videos created as part of the #IAM911 movement to showcase the unseen work dispatchers do for our community in recognition of NPSTW.
As of April 2022, Riley County Police Department (RCPD) has officially begun the process for the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
“RCPD has held Law Enforcement Accreditation for a long time and we’ve seen the benefit of having those standards,” said RCPD Support Captain Brad Jager. “We want to ensure the same professional level of service to the community with our Dispatchers who are the initial First Responders for Riley County.”
The RCPD Communications Center will undergo a five-phase process to earn Accreditation, beginning with today’s enrollment. A period of internal self-assessment will precede a formal CALEA assessment of implemented policies and procedures with a final commission review and decision to follow. Finally, the Communications Center will be responsible for maintaining compliance and seeking re-accreditation. The Communications Center will strive to comply with all 207 standards of the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program.
“Our Communications Center is an integral piece of RCPD’s operation and continues to place itself at the forefront of emergency response practice and procedure,” said Interim Director Kurt Moldrup. “Accreditation ensures these standards remain intact into the future.”
The voluntary Accreditation program will provide the Communications Center with a process to internally review and assess its operations and procedures. The program will require staff to collect and analyze important data with the overall goals of ensuring staff accountability, making sound operational and administrative decisions, and promoting leadership within the center. Accreditation in the Communications Center will focus on quality assurance, interoperability, emerging 911 and dispatch technologies, risk analysis, asset security, resource access, contemporary training, and a range of other operational functions.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, Inc. (APCO International), the leading communications membership association, partners in the development and maintenance of the CALEA Standards for Public Safety Communications Agencies Manual which are subject to ongoing review and revision.
RCPD has held Law Enforcement Accreditation through CALEA since 1991, when it became the first Nationally Accredited law enforcement agency in the state of Kansas.
For additional information or to obtain a copy of a specific standard contact Julia Goggins, the Department’s Accreditation Manager, at (785) 537-2112 ext. 2398.
In 2019 the Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center upgraded its infrastructure to Next Generation 911 which features text-to-911 as part of its enhanced capabilities.
"This provides emergency Dispatchers a method to better serve our citizens as text-to-911 service becomes available for members of the deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, and nonverbal aphonic communities within Riley County,” Communications Center Manager Tyler Siefkes said.
Citizens should always call 911 when possible. Text-to-911 is a secondary option for situations where speaking would put you in more danger such as some domestic disputes and home invasions.
“The text option should be utilized by those experiencing an emergency situation where speaking may put you in harm’s way.” Siefkes said. “We encourage the public to call 911 if you can, and text if you can’t.”
To send a text to 911, use the message icon on your cell phone and put 911 in the number field (do not enter with dashes). In the message, include the location of the emergency you are reporting and whether you need police, fire, and/or medical assistance. Once you have initiated a text-to-911 conversation, do not delete the message or turn off your phone until the dispatcher tells you it is ok.
Text-to-911 accepts written words, not pictures, emojis, or video at this time. A text or data plan with a major wireless provider is required to use this service.
When you first call for emergency help, take a deep breath, listen, and wait until you hear “Riley County 911” before you start speaking.
There are several important details you should try to relay to dispatch if at all possible:
The dispatcher you are speaking to will begin to ask you a specific set of questions. In the heat of the moment, it may seem like the questions are not important, or irrelevant to the situation, but the questions are critical. Dispatchers will work as a team to pass the information you provide along to other first responders and get help to you as quickly as possible. Training and experience help dispatchers know the important information to gather to ensure the appropriate first responders show up on scene.
Your responses to the questions help police, firefighters, and EMTs have a plan of action as they are en route to your location so they can better respond when they arrive with the correct equipment available.
If law enforcement is needed dispatchers may ask:
If firefighters or medical help is needed:
Dispatchers will gather information to provide EMTs and Firefighters to appropriately determine what equipment is necessary and a potential treatment plan for time-sensitive situations. In medical situations, dispatchers will ask for the gender and age of the person involved and some medical history if available. At this point, it’s not necessary to tell dispatchers how you know the person needing assistance, how you’re related, etc.
By answering dispatchers' strategic questions instead of just relaying vague information it will prevent the need to repeat, and aid in getting help to you as quickly as possible. This also helps to decrease the likelihood that important details will be missed.
Remember — when you’re involved in an emergency it can feel like time stops. Please be patient as the dispatchers are working quickly behind the scenes to coordinate with potentially life-saving services.
While you’re on the phone, other dispatch team members are doing background work of notifying the appropriate agencies to respond, relaying critical information, and gathering additional information.
Extensive training helps dispatchers make split-second decisions. They will determine who to send while also taking into account the area, responders on call, standard operating procedures, and much more. They will determine if police, fire, or EMS need to respond emergent — using lights and sirens. Dispatchers will decide which agencies need to be notified beyond first responders to include basic utility companies, local government crews, state agencies, animal control, the coroner, and many others.
If there are safety concerns, dispatchers will coordinate with law enforcement to provide a secure environment for whatever emergency aid needs to be performed.
Dispatchers are the first contact you have with first responders. Our highly trained team of professionals are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
What is an emergency? It may seem like an easy question to answer, but an emergency to one person, may not be urgent for the next. Life experiences, knowledge, and individual circumstances among other things may lead people to differ on their opinion of a true emergency.
If you call 911 for a non-emergent matter, our highly trained team of dispatchers will politely ask you to call back on our administrative line so the emergency line is free for critical use.
Some questions you may ask yourself to determine if there is an emergency:
If you answer yes to any of these questions, please call 911.
Why not just call 911 no matter what instead of utilizing administrative numbers? Calls to 911 for any other purpose than reporting an emergency could reduce the number of 911 call takers and phone lines available to those needing immediate help. It's important to save 911 for those who may require life-saving assistance. If you are ever in doubt if what is going on is an emergency, call 911 and our dispatchers will help talk you through the proper steps to take.
To contact us in case of emergency: Call 911
To contact us for any other police or law enforcement matters: Call our administrative line (785) 537-2112
We are here to help you around the clock through our emergent and non-emergent line.
Oops! You accidentally called 911.
Don't stress! And don't hang up!
If you accidentally call 911, please stay on the line and speak to a dispatcher. Even if we haven't answered when you hang up, our efficient computers and programs register the call. For safety reasons, we need to verify if there is an actual emergency. If you hang up, we will try to establish contact with you based on the information our system obtained from the call. If you call from a cell phone, it will most likely tell us the number you called from and the last cell phone tower you were near, giving us an approximate address. If you accidentally call from a landline, it will most likely give us a more exact address. We will attempt to call you back, but if we are unable to establish contact, first responders may be dispatched to your location to determine if there is an emergency.
If you stay on the line and explain the situation, the process will be short and simple. Dispatchers may politely provide guidance on ways to prevent accidental 911 calls in the future.
To apply for current open positions follow this link to the Riley County Police Department's Career Center: https://bit.ly/38OsYxE
In the Career Center, you will find current position openings, and/or you can "Join Our Talent Community" to be notified as soon as a position becomes available.
If you're looking for a career, not just a job, the Riley County Police Department is the place for you.
The RPCD Communications Center offers regionally competitive salaries, health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement benefits We are proud to offer education incentives, training opportunities, and supervisory roles.
Dispatcher I is responsible for call-taking including the 911 line and the administrative line. Dispatchers who are in this level do data entry such as inputting information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Dispatcher I employees receive NCIC training along with emergency medical and fire certification during their initial training cycle. Training for Dispatcher I candidates is about 3 months long. Current starting hourly rate for Dispatcher I: $17.33
Dispatcher II adds on radio dispatching for the Riley County Police Department, Riley County EMS, the Manhattan Fire Department, and Riley County Fire District #1. This additional work requires 3 months of training on top of the previous 3 months acquired in the Dispatch I level for an estimated total of 6 months. Current starting hourly rate for Dispatcher II: $19.10
To help foster a positive relationship with the community and to help citizens better understand what our dispatchers do on a daily basis, the Riley County Police Department has a sit-in program that puts citizens in the communication center with dispatchers. People can get a first-hand look at the work dispatchers face each day and hopefully come away with a better understanding of the services we provide.
Sit-in participants only act as observers. They do not perform any law enforcement work that the dispatcher would normally do. They do not wear a uniform, handle department equipment, or complete any official paperwork. To apply for a sit-in, complete this Ride-Along Application. Next, save as a PDF and then submit by e-mail to the address posted at the bottom of this page (this form does contain personal and contact information).
Waiver of Liability
For more information or to schedule a sit-in contact:
In September 2019, Riley County Police Department Emergency Communications Center upgraded its infrastructure to Next Generation 911, an internet-based system.
The transition to NG911 is the beginning step toward enhanced capabilities such as more accurate caller location and a faster, more resilient emergency system. Next Generation 911 allows for text-to-911 services in addition to the potential for sending and receiving other digital information and data in the future. Currently, in Riley County, Next Generation 911 has added plain text-to-911 to our services available for those in our community. Video and image sharing to our dispatch center is currently not available.
The upgraded system enhances the ability of emergency call centers to communicate with each other through the modernized communication structure. NG911 accommodates how people communicate currently through cell phones and other devices.
There are many ways to make a difference at the Riley County Police Department. It's important to us that you grow professionally. That is why we provide many ways for you to grow here with us. Employees can request to attend training, conferences, or qualifications on the department’s behalf through a designated training budget.
Sworn Police Officers and Corrections Officers are provided uniforms and leading equipment in the law enforcement profession including but not limited to protective vests, firearms if applicable and a body camera.
1. TicketsatWork: Offers discounts, special offers, and access to preferred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movies, hotels, and much more. TicketsatWork benefits are available to all full-time employees with the RCPD access code.
2. Dell Computer Discounts: Access deals as members of the Riley County Police Department to enjoy sales on certain electronics and accessories using the coupon on the member page.
Full-time employees have the option to pay a premium for dental coverage through Delta Dental. The plan has unlimited cleanings, preventative and diagnostic services are covered at 100%, and no dental treatment costs (aside from the monthly premium for coverage) for children 12 and under.
All full-time employees have the option to pay a premium for vision insurance through VSP.
Full-time employees have access to enroll for AFLAC, a supplemental insurance that provides an additional layer of financial protection for the employee and their families in the event of a serious accident or illness.
We offer 2 health insurance plans:
As a full-time RCPD employee, you have access to Teladoc. Teledoc offers telemedicine year round at no cost to the employee. The only cost you incur for this benefit is if a prescription is prescribed then you pay the cost of that at your pharmacy. Teledoc allows you to speak to licensed physicians. It is portable. If you’re vacationing and not feeling well, you can access Teladoc under the same terms as you would at home.
The Department of Health and Human Services’, Transparency in Coverage Rule, requires health plans to create a member-facing price comparison tool and post publicly available machine-readable files. These files must be updated monthly and include in-network negotiated payment rates and historical out-of-network charges for covered items and services, including prescription drugs. The purpose of this Rule is to help you know the cost of your healthcare before receiving the care. Click here to access this information.
The Riley County Police Department contracts with Empac to provide an Employee Assistance Program to all full-time employees. The Empac EAP provides confidential access to programs and services to aid in increasing happiness and healthiness in the workforce.
Some of the features available through Empac:
WorkLife Services include:
Confidential, encouraging support from peers who understand and won’t judge. Daily life can be stressful and can have an effect on your well-being, especially in a high stress career field. You are not alone. In 2019, the Riley County Police Department established a 13-member Peer Support Team represented by all the divisions within the Department to help ensure we are meeting our own mental health needs. Peer support may be contacted for a variety of reasons including but not limited to financial concerns, marital issues, family concerns, substance abuse, traumatic events, suicide or emotional and physiological issues. Peers and colleagues may have a better understanding of what you’re going through more than others.
All full-time employees have a department sponsored membership to Genesis Health Club.
As a full-time employee your membership is at no cost. You can add a spouse and additional family members for a fee that you pay directly to Genesis.
This benefit is taxed.
Our Police Training Officer program is Veterans Affairs approved for veterans to use their GI Bill. If a qualifying veteran is hired into a Police Recruit position, they can use their GI Bill benefits while going through the PTO program. The same can also be done while attending the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, but that is applied for through the KLETC.
As a public service agency, RCPD employees are eligible for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, KPERS (non sworn) and Kansas Police and Firemen’s System, KP&F (sworn).
KPERS is a 401(a) defined benefit plan. Your KPERS is automatic when you’re hired. The amount of money you put in is set by the Kansas Legislature and is automatically taken out of your paycheck and sent to KPERS. You can learn more on their website here.
Through KPERS, employees can elect to participate in Optional Group Life Insurance.
KP&F eligible employees automatically earn service credit for the years worked in a covered position. After a number of years you are guaranteed a benefit or are “vested”.
The KP&F website states Tier I members can vest with 20 years of service while Tier II members vest with 15 years of service. You can learn more about KP&F on their website here.
KPERS employees earn a life insurance benefit for being a member. KP&F employees earn a death benefit.
Additional retirement savings opportunity are available through a 457(b) and Roth Plans.
The Riley County Police Department has a generous vacation program. Leave bank time accrues at 16.67 hours for the first 5 years of service and increases incrementally after that maxing out at 27.33 hours per month.
Leave time begins accruing when hired as opposed to a waiting period. A first year employee could effectively earn 200 hours of leave time (25 days) if they didn’t take any time off in their first year.
Sick time is earned at 8 hours per month and maxes out at 1120 hours.
All full-time employees are eligible to claim overtime as compensatory time when approved.
Fingerprinting services at the Riley County Police Department have been upgraded effective July 1, 2021. RCPD now provides fingerprinting for general licensing applications (i.e. teacher, daycare, adoption, nursing, insurance, etc.).
Fingerprints will be available on a walk-in basis only, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm in the front lobby of the Riley County Police Department located at 1001 S Seth Child Road in Manhattan.
We accept most forms of payment including cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards.
Due to overriding security reasons we do not routinely give away, and never sell department patches.
The Riley County Police Department holds drug take-back events in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration on selected dates throughout the year. Only during those events will RCPD accept expired, unused, or otherwise no longer needed medication for destruction. For disposal on days other than the drug take-back days, the public should go to:
We appreciate the public's help in the proper disposal of prescription medications.
The Riley County Police Department makes every effort to return found property to the rightful owner. When that cannot be accomplished, found property is sold at auction through a local auction company. All funds received from the sale of the property are returned to the state.
At this time, the Riley County Police Department does not offer a Citizen's Police Academy. However, you can request to ride-along with an officer through our ride-along program.
The Riley County Police Department has an Auxiliary Program comprised of qualified individuals who, due to their interest, wish to work with the Department in a voluntary capacity. All Auxiliary personnel are civilians affiliated with the Department in a part-time, unsalaried, non-sworn capacity. Auxiliary personnel assist the Department in emergencies, large-scale special events, and law enforcement related community service functions. Those interested in being a part of the Auxiliary Program are encouraged to contact the Department at 785-537-2112 ext. 2464.
Warrants of arrest, which include both arrest and bench warrants, have no expiration date; they are cleared only when abated by death or when a defendant appears before a judge in the court that issued the warrant.
You may contact our Civil Process personnel during normal business hours by calling 785-537-2112 ext. 1904. After providing your full name and date of birth personnel will search our records for you. In some cases, information related to warrants will not be released via the telephone. Additionally, we maintain a list of all warrants on our website as a way to obtain public assistance in identifying persons with an active arrest warrant in the Riley County Police Department's files. Every effort is made to update this list in a timely manner when new warrants are added or listed warrants are no longer active, but this list should not be used as confirmation that a warrant is currently active.
You can come to the Riley County Police Department located at 1001 South Seth Child Road during normal business hours. If a background check request is emailed or faxed to our department, it will be completed in 3 to 5 business days.
Background checks completed by the Riley County Police Department only cover Riley County. If someone has lived in other places in the state of Kansas, you may instead want to complete a state-wide check with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to save time and money. Find more information on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Website.
The cost for an application and background check in Riley County is $10. We accept most forms of payment including cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards.
You can contact the Public Information Officer to schedule a time to participate in our Ride Along Program. It is suggested that the request be submitted a few days in advance to ensure officer availability. A form and waiver must be completed prior to the ride along.
Call the assigned detective. If you are unable to reach that person after several attempts or the detective does not return your call, then contact us at 785-537-2112 and ask to speak to a Patrol or Investigations Division supervisor.
Information concerning concealed carry permits can be obtained from the Kansas Attorney General's website.
You may contact the local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Riley County Police Department does not provide driver's license checks.
You can visit the Kansas Department Of Revenue website for self-check of Driver's License status.
Criminal history information may be obtained at the Riley County Police Department Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm (except on holidays). Requests for criminal history may be submitted in person to our Records personnel, mailed, faxed to 785-565-6550 or emailed to Records. For more information on obtaining criminal history from the Riley County Police Department contact the Records Section at (785) 537-2112 ext. 0.
To begin the process, fill out the request for a copy of records/background check form here.
Background checks completed by the Riley County Police Department only cover Riley County. If someone has lived in other places in the state of Kansas, you may instead want to complete a state-wide check with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) to save time and money. You can find more information on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's website.
It is important to note that there are two additional law enforcement agencies that serve the Manhattan/Riley County area and you may request background checks from these agencies as well. They are:
Kansas State University Police Department Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
(785) 532-6412 (785) 457-3353
The Riley County Police Department software search timeframe will be from 1998-current.
If the record is not requested by law enforcement, a state attorney, or federal agency then you need to direct your request to the KBI.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigations1620 SW TylerTopeka, KS 66612Phone: 785-296-8200Kansas Bureau of Investigations Website
Businesses wishing to update their contact information with the Riley County Police Department may do so over the telephone, in person, or online. Often after business hours, it is necessary for officers to make contact with business representatives. Providing this information will help us to better serve the community.
Miranda or “Rights Warning” is derived from a 1966 US Supreme Court Case Miranda v. Arizona. By law, a person must be provided their Miranda Warning before being questioned by police if in police custody. A person being arrested by the police are not read their Miranda rights unless that officer intends to question that person and those questions could likely incriminate that person. Non-crime specific questions such as "What is your name?" and "Where do you live?" are not questions that would normally lead to an incriminating response. It is common for TV shows and movies to portray the police advising people of their Miranda rights while they are being arrested. In real life this does not happen, the rights advisory is a very serious matter and if it is to be given to a person in police custody, it is given in a controlled environment and typically in writing. Incriminating information obtained from a person in custody through questioning will not be permitted in court if that person was not advised of their Miranda Rights before being questioned. The arrest of a person does not require Miranda, questioning a person about a crime while they are in police custody does require Miranda.
View a list of tow companies used by the Riley County Police Department.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with ground effect lighting so long as it does not flash, is not red in color, and the neon tubes (or LED bulbs) themselves are not visible. Red lights are not permitted to prevent driver confusion with emergency vehicles.
Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. The tint must allow more than 35% of light in. A tint of 34% or lower is illegal. Tint colors of red, amber and yellow are not legal by state law. State law recommends, but does not require stickers to identify legal tinting.
In certain instances it is necessary for the Riley County Police Department to enact the Emergency Accident Reporting Phase. EARP is put in place when a high volume of accidents are occurring, most frequently due to weather-related circumstances. When EARP is in effect, motorists do not need to report crashes immediately as long as it meets all of the criteria below. Crashes must be reported within 48 hours of occurrence. To report a crash after the EARP period is lifted, you need to come to the Riley County Police Department located at 1001 S Seth Child Road in Manhattan. All parties involved will need to be present when reporting the crash.
If there are injuries, a hit-and-run, or DUI, then you should call police immediately to report the crash.
For any crime in progress, call 911. It is helpful if you first provide an exact location, then details of the crime including, if possible, a description of the suspect(s) and victim(s) involved. If you have information about a violent felony crime or know the whereabouts of someone wanted for a crime, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777. If your information leads to the arrest and indictment of a perpetrator for a violent felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Police officers are responsible for conducting traffic stops when they have reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or a criminal violation. Being stopped by an officer can be a stressful experience for the driver, any passengers, and for the officer, too. Knowing what to do during the stop will help ensure your safety and the safety of others. When you see emergency lights behind you, it is important for you and your passengers to stay calm and cooperate. Following these procedures can help make a traffic stop a safe experience for all parties involved. This guidance was approved by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Driver and Law Enforcement Standing Committees, by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
The officer may approach either side of the vehicle. When the officer approaches the vehicle, remember to:
When conducting the stop, the officer will typically:
In some cases, the officer may:
If you have questions, respectfully ask the officer to clarify. If you disagree with the officer’s decision or course of action, do not prolong the contact by arguing with the officer. Rather, you may seek to contest the decision in court through established legal channels. Your acceptance and signature on a traffic ticket is not an admission of guilt. However, the refusal to sign a traffic ticket may result in your arrest. If you believe the officer acted inappropriately or have questions regarding their conduct you may request to speak to a supervisor and/or submit a complaint. This is best done as soon as possible after the stop.
The Law Board meets at noon on the third Monday of each month, provided that if Monday is a legal holiday, the regular meeting will be held on the following day at the same hour. The meetings are held at the City of Manhattan, City Commission conference room and are open to the public. Accommodations are made for those citizens with disabilities. The Law Board meetings can be seen on local cable access television channel 3.
For those unable to attend in person, all meetings at City Hall are also broadcast on local cable access television and online.
Email the Law Board
If you need to contact animal control, please call the non-emergent line and speak to a dispatcher at (785) 537-2112. If there is an emergency, always call 911. Dispatchers will route your call to the City of Manhattan's on-duty animal control officer.
Note: A new and separate offense of noncompliance will occur every 30 days that have elapsed until you regain compliance. This will also add on time to your end registration date set forth by the Kansas Bureau of Investigations.
Note: If a sex offender fails to report a change in residence, employment, or student status and travels in or moves across state lines, the offender can be charged with a federal crime.
Note: If you are living/staying at any residence for three 3 consecutive days or more, or a total of ten (10) days in a month you are required to report that address.
Note: Any vehicle you are driving must be reported.
Note: If you are confined for three (3) days or more you must update your registration as soon as you are released.
If you will be leaving the Riley County/Manhattan area for more than 3 consecutive days you must come into the police department to sign out.
You will need to provide us with:
• Address of Where You’re Going
• Date of Return
If you are leaving the Riley County/ Manhattan area permanently, you must come to the police department in person to sign out.
• Address of New Residence
Note: We will contact the law enforcement agency for the area you are moving to and notify them that you reside in their county (regardless of the state). If it is in Kansas, you will have 3 business days to register with that county before you are considered non-compliant.
If you are a transient individual, you will need to come in person to the Riley County Police Department every 4 business days to check in. You must call Shanon Ascher every night to let her know where you plan to sleep. Even if nothing has changed, as long as you are without a residence, the RCPD needs to know your whereabouts.
When you come to the department you must provide:
• Locations you have slept or frequented
• Locations you intend to sleep or frequent
If you fail to report this required information every 4 business days, you may be charged with violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Per Statute (K.S.A. 22-4905 (e)), if you are transient, you must report in person to the registering law enforcement agency of such county or location of jurisdiction in which you are physically present within 3 business days of arrival in the county or location of jurisdiction. You are required to register in person with the registering law enforcement agency every 30 days, or more often at the discretion of the registering law enforcement agency, and provide a list of places where you have slept and otherwise frequented during the period of time since the last date of registration and provide a list of places where you may be contacted and where you intend to sleep and otherwise frequent during the period of time prior to the next required date of registration.
Even if your record is expunged, you must register until your designated end date (K.S.A. 22-4909 (e)).
Probation and registering as an offender at the local police department are different. You may be released from probation but will still be required to register.
You must register in person at the Riley County Police Department located at 1001 S. Seth Child Road in Manhattan, Kansas. Registration is available Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
No, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personal information. This doesn't include trusted third parties who assist in the operation of our website or day-to-day function.
Any information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
Information supplied can be used in criminal investigations if warranted and used in accordance with federal, state, and local law. Information used for example could be witness information regarding a complaint on an officer or department employee as well as other information that may help to further an active police investigation. We will not archive website data for the purpose of filling a criminal or public information database other than for the purposes listed above.
We collect information from you when you register on our site or fill out a form. When registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail, or contact information. You may, however, visit our site, collect information from it as well as utilize our resources anonymously.
You should not blame yourself if you are the victim of a crime. Below are ways to help reduce the risk of certain crimes occurring. Not all crimes are preventable, but you may lower the chances of crimes of opportunity by having a safety plan in place.
General safety tips:
Prior to the event and as a good rule of thumb in general:
The Riley County Police Department will have several officers on foot and bike patrols as well as out in vehicles looking for signs of impairment. RCPD has not scheduled a driving under the influence (DUI) check point on Fake Patty’s Day, but reminds drivers that there will be an increased police presence in the Manhattan and Riley County area.
All citations given out during the celebration of Fake Patty's Day can be handled at the Manhattan Municipal court, at 610 Colorado Street, Manhattan, Kansas.
To make a payment, you must have a citation number, driver's license number, or vehicle information readily available.
If you are from out of town and not able to pay your citation in person, you can mail in your ticket with the proper allotted payment or visit the city's website and pay your citation online.
Those who have received "notice to appear" citations must appear at the Manhattan Municipal Court. Police officers who have issued these citations will be able to further explain the process at the time of issuance.
See more information on the Manhattan Municipal Court's online pay program.
This does not apply to those wishing to pursue a diversion.
Drinking and driving is not safe and is against the law. Before participating in Fake Patty's Day, it's smart to have a plan in place for a safe ride home. Below are some options that may be available to you.
This information is subject to change as it is not under the control of RCPD.
In 2016, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill 133 into law which would allow underage drinkers to call 911 for medical help for themselves or another person without fear of being prosecuted for their illegal drinking. They would have to cooperate with first responders and remain on the scene for the immunity to apply.
The law states that:
"SB 133 amends the crime of possessing, consuming, obtaining, purchasing, or attempting to obtain or purchase alcohol by a person under 21 to include immunity from prosecution for a person and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with such person, who initiated contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services; requested medical assistance on such person's behalf because such person reasonably believed he or she was in need of medical assistance; and cooperated with emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers in providing medical assistance.
"The bill also extends immunity from prosecution when a person and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with such person, initiated contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services or was one of one or two other persons who acted in concert with such person; requested medical assistance for another person who reasonably appeared to be in need of medical assistance; provided their full name, the name of one or two other persons acting in concert with such person, if applicable, and any other relevant information requested by law enforcement or emergency medical services; remained at the scene with the person who reasonably appeared to be in need of medical assistance until emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers arrived; and cooperated with emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers in providing medical assistance. Immunity also shall be extended to the person who reasonably appeared to be in need of medical assistance but did not initiate contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services if the person cooperated with emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement in providing medical assistance.
"The bill states a person shall not be allowed to initiate or maintain an action against a law enforcement officer or such officer's employer based on the officer's compliance or failure to comply with these new provisions."
If your neighbors have decided to partake in the Fake Patty's Day celebration and the noise level has reached a disturbing level, you can contact Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112 or by calling 911 in case of emergency.
It is unlawful for any person to make, continue, cause, allow or permit to be made or continued, any noise disturbance in the city.
A noise disturbance can include but is not limited to: any noises that could potentially endanger or injure people, any annoying or disturbing and persistent noises, amplified music and any noise exceeding 65 decibels in a residential area.
See more information regarding noise disturbances.
Manhattan has many privately owned driving resources. Prices on travel vary.
Uber and Lyft are also alternate methods of transportation. Prices on travel vary.
The Riley County Police Department can be reached at 785-537-2112 or 911 in an emergency. To report a crime you are encouraged to contact the police department by phone.
To report tips on a past crime you can contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous online or by calling 785-539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
The find out if someone has been arrested by police during the Fake Patty's Day celebration you are encouraged to contact the Riley County Jail at 785-537-2112, ext. 1902.
It is best to give correction staff at least 2 hours to process inmates before trying to pick up friends who have bonded. The Law Enforcement Command Center is not open to the public and friends or family will not be able to wait in or at this facility.
People who are arrested during the Fake Patty's Day celebration will be transported to the Riley County Jail. If you are picking up a friend who has been arrested you are encouraged to meet them at the Riley County Police Department (1001 S Seth Child Road). The Law Enforcement Command Center is not open to the public and you will not be able to wait at or inside this facility.
Remain in the main lobby if a Bonding Agent is being used. If using other forms of bonding you can call the booking desk at 785-537-2112, ext. 1902 and inform correction officers.
Fake Patty's Day was not held in the traditional fashion in 2020 and 2021. Data for previous years is below.
During the 2019 celebration of "Fake Patty's Day" on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7 pm to Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 6 am, law enforcement responded to 172 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer-initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, parking problems (26), welfare checks (18), disturbing the peace (16), and non-injury accident (13).
During this time period, officers took (1) report of violent crime and filed 52 reports, not including alcohol related crime.
Police officers physically arrested 39 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to driving under the influence (DUI) (19), disorderly conduct (6), unlawful possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor (3), and possession of marijuana (4).
Police issued 260 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (61), possession of alcohol by a minor (23), parking issues (117), and minor obtain or purchase alcohol (26).
Over the weekend period of Friday March 09, 2018 at 7 pm to Sunday March 11, 2018 at 6 am, law enforcement officers responded to 287 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, disturbing the peace (27), parking problems (32), welfare checks (30), and reckless driving (18).
During this time period police took (2) report of a violent crime and officers filed 122 reports not including alcohol related crime reports.
During this time period police officers physically arrested 47 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to DUI (13), disorderly conduct (10), unlawful possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor (7), and possession of marijuana (2).
Police issued 494 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (208), possession of alcohol by a minor (54), parking issues (156), and minor obtain or purchase alcohol (33).
Over the weekend period of Friday March 10, 2017 to Sunday March 12, 2017 at 6 am, law enforcement officers responded to 289 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, disturbing the peace (18), parking problems (30), welfare checks (30), and unwanted subjects (15).
During this time period police took 1 report of a violent crime and officers filed 87 reports not including alcohol related crime reports.
During this time period police officers physically arrested 44 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to, DUI (9), possession of marijuana (7), possession of drug paraphernalia (5), and disorderly conduct (10).
Police issued 403 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (123), parking issues (81), and possession of alcohol by a minor (48).
Over the weekend period of Friday March 4, 2016 at 7 pm to Sunday March 6, 2016 at 6 am, law enforcement responded to 269 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer-initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, disturbing the peace (37), parking problems (31), welfare checks (27), and unwanted subjects (18).
During this time period police took 3 reports of violent crimes and officers filed 106 reports not including alcohol related crime reports.
During this time period police officers physically arrested 63 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to, DUI (23), possession of marijuana (17), possession of drug paraphernalia (11), and disorderly conduct (7).
Police issued 596 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (295), parking issues (126), and possession of alcohol by a minor (79).
Over the weekend period of Friday March 6, 2015 at 7 pm to Sunday March 8, 2015 at 6 am, law enforcement responded to 246 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer-initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, parking problems (31), disturbing the peace (32), unwanted subjects (8), and welfare checks (15).
During this 35-hour time period police took 2 reports of violent crimes including an aggravated battery for which an arrest was made. Police officers filed 74 criminal reports not including alcohol-related crime reports.
During this time period police officers physically arrested 45 subjects. Crimes that caused arrests included, but are not limited to, disorderly conduct (20), DUI (9), unlawful possession by minors (12), and possession of marijuana/possession of synthetics (11).
Police issued 417 citations for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (217), parking issues (97), and possession of alcohol by a minor (50).
Over the weekend period of March 7, 2014 at 7 pm to March 9, 2014 at 6 am, the Riley County Police Department responded to 234 calls for service (generated by citizen complaints and not including officer-initiated calls for service). These complaints consisted of, but are not limited to, parking problems (35), disturbing the peace (23), unwanted subjects (18), and welfare checks (22).
During this 35-hour time period, police responded to 6 violent crimes including battery (4), strong-arm robbery (1) and a report of rape (1). Police officers in total filed 164 criminal reports.
During the 2014 celebration, 73 persons were physically arrested. Crimes that caused arrest included, but are not limited to, disorderly conduct (29), DUI (21), unlawful possession by minors (6), and drug offenses (5).
Police issued 541 citations to Fake Patty's Day participants for offenses that included, but are not limited to, possession of an open container of alcohol (229), parking issues (156), and possession of alcohol by a minor (100).
This police response could not have been possible without the assistance of the Junction City Police Department, Emporia Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Hays Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol, the City of Manhattan as well as Riley County Emergency Management, Fort Riley, the Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Riley County Juvenile Intake, and Community Corrections.
The Riley County Police Department will release law enforcement-related statistics for this event in a timely manner. In an attempt to report accurate information this will not be done immediately. Interested parties should check RileyCountyPolice.org approximately one week from the date of the event for updated statistics (this length of time is subject to change).
The mission of the Riley County Police Department Finance Office is to minimize the financial and social cost of public safety. To see more information about our budget and finance, click here.
Information on Fake Patty's Day can be found by clicking here.
The Riley County Police Department provides fingerprinting services for a variety of applications and licensing. There is no need to schedule an appointment as fingerprints will be available on a walk-in basis only.
To use this service you can go to:The Riley County Police Department1001 South Seth Child RoadManhattan, KS 66502
Fingerprinting is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm in the front lobby. Some general licensing applications examples that can benefit from this service include teachers, daycares, adoptions, nursing, insurance, and others not mentioned.
The cost for application and background check purpose fingerprinting is $15. We accept most forms of payment, to include cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards.
The cost for Concealed Carry Licensing will continue to be $32.50 and can be paid through the same avenues.
Found property is held by the Riley County Police Department for 60 days. If you are missing any of the following property you can contact RCPD at 785-537-2112, ext. 1906. You will need to provide proof of ownership to make a claim.
July 4th is observed as the birth of American independence with celebrations ranging from fireworks, parades, and get-togethers. The Riley County Police Department wants to educate the public about local laws and ordinances surrounding the holiday to ensure the public's safety.
Each city in Riley County has different rules and regulations in regard to Fireworks. No bottle rockets or M80s are allowed in the State.
Discharge 8 am to midnight, July 1 through 4
Do not call 911 for firework noise complaints. Only call 911 for emergencies. If you call 911 for a non-emergent matter, our highly trained team of dispatchers will politely ask you to call back on our administrative line so the emergency line is free for critical use. To learn more about what is considered an emergency, click here. To file a noise complaint for firework issues outside of the lawful hours posted above, please call our non-emergent line at 785-537-2112.
Before you go out to celebrate, please read some safety tips from our friends at the Manhattan Fire Department.
You can find more information on the City of Manhattan's website.
Fireworks may be enjoyable for some people; however, some pets may find the loud noise disturbing.
If you can:
From everyone at the Riley County Police Department, we hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Game-day parking ordinances will be in effect for all home football games. Restricted parking is enforced in order to address congestion, access, and safety concerns. Parking will be prohibited and tow zones will be enforced along the following streets:
In designated areas, property owners are permitted to allow temporary front yard parking on game days.
Crime mapping for our area is based on crime data collected by the Riley County Police Department with the cooperation of LexisNexis.
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This information is provided to the public as a way to obtain public assistance in identifying persons with active arrest warrants in the Riley County Police Department files. Click here to see our most recent list of warrants in Riley County.
RCPD releases monthly and yearly Crime Stats for Riley County.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation also releases state-wide stats.
All media inquiries are handled by the Public Information Officer (PIO), including inquiries, interviews, and requests for follow-up information; however, please note that public information requests for police records and arrest reports cannot be issued by the PIO and should be directed to the Department's RMS Supervisor, Kari Breault by calling 785-537-2112, ext. 2430.
It is the policy of the Riley County Police Department to cooperate fully and impartially with authorized news media representatives in their efforts to gather factual public information pertaining to activities of the Department, as long as these activities do not interfere with individual's rights or violate the law.
The Police Activity section of RileyCountyPolice.org is a summary of calls for service/reports filed by the Riley County Police Department and is only a portion of those received by police (as summarized in the first portion of this weekday report). Some names, addresses, and case details are withheld to follow local, state, and federal law as well as in an attempt to protect community members from being victimized further. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For more information on the entries that are open to public as well as what has been withheld, consult with the Kansas Open Records Act. Some of this information is left to the agency releasing information to decide whether or not it should be open or closed.
The Riley County Police Department withholds information that could likely cause a victim to become further victimized as well as withholds mugshots of those arrested. RCPD also complies with mandatorily protected information as outlined by the Kansas Open Records Act. Information is only posted to our website for approximately 48 hours in order to comply with the Kansas Criminal Justice Information Systems (KCJIS) guidelines for releasing and publishing information. After this period of time, some information becomes criminal history which is not released by this agency.
Information for this report is gathered daily at 6 am and is only published weekdays at approximately 10 am. This is done to help reduce the risk of publishing inaccurate information and is overseen by our Public Information Officer. Some arrested and still confined information is only up-to-date on the day following the law enforcement action at 6 am. For a more up-to-date list of those arrested and still confined, please contact the Riley County Jail. All media inquiries are required to go through the Public Information Officer.
Reports published to this section on Mondays will include information from the previous Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Reports posted to RileyCountyPolice.org on Tuesday through Friday will only include information from the previous 6 am to 6 am time period. Holidays and days when the Administrative Offices at RCPD are closed will change this procedure. For more information on the entries listed in this section, please contact the Public Information Officer.
Each Police Activity post should contain on a regular basis a summary (in paragraph form) of certain calls for service or incidents from the previously mentioned time frame. There will also often be a total number of arrests made as well as a link to contact the Manhattan Riley County Crimes Stoppers. The Police Activity section will also include a list of reports.
The Riley County Police Department reserves the right to make changes to these posts when appropriate without notification. RCPD has a high standard of accuracy however realizes that during case investigations information has the ability to change. Because of this fact, if you have concerns about information that has been posted, please contact the Public Information Officer.
Calls for service likely to be published to this section in summary form are as follows but are not limited to:
Information that is likely to be published because of requests from local media citing the Kansas Open Records Act but not limited to:
When documenting the published information, this agency is required to utilize abbreviations. Some of these abbreviations:
If you have an abbreviation that needs to be added to this list, contact the Public Information Officer.
If you have questions about the Police Activity section of RileyCountyPolice.org please contact the Public Information Officer for the Riley County Police Department. Questions regarding the Kansas Open Records Act can also be forwarded to the Kansas Attorney General's website. As a matter of procedure RCPD's Public Information Officer does not generally post specific addresses to our website unless it is the address of someone who has been arrested. Releasing some information is required by law upon official request in some cases. If this information is published elsewhere, complaints should be directed toward the agency who is responsible for the publication. Likewise, concerns about information that is published to the police department website should be directed to the Public Information Officer, unless an official complaint made to the Internal Affairs Officer would be more appropriate.
Request a copy of a police or accident report, make an official Kansas Open Records Act request, or request crime or police statistics information please contact Records at the Riley County Police Department.
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The Riley County Police Department regularly participates in speaking engagements throughout the year. To schedule an officer to come speak at an event, training, convention, or other gatherings you can do that here. The form will be password protected, simply choose the "read only" option and save the document to your computer, you will then be able to edit the document. You can save it electronically and email it to the contact listed below or print it and turn it at the Riley County Police Department. We request at least 21 days advance notice, but no more than 60 days' notice of any event.
Please email the completed form to Corporal Joseph Ehrlich at email@example.com or return in person to the address listed on the form.
Records may be obtained at the Riley County Police Department Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm (except on holidays). Requests for Police Records may be submitted in person to our Records personnel, mailed, faxed to 785-565-6550 or emailed to Records. For more information on Police Records at the Riley County Police Department contact the Records Section at (785) 537-2112 ext. 0.
The Kansas Open Records Act governs most records maintained by the Riley County Police Department. Use the following guide to help assist you in your records request. Some records maintained by the Department are open for inspection. Copies are available for a fee. We accept most forms of payment including cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards. Commonly requested records include:
Our informational brochure (PDF) contains additional information on the following topics:
Information concerning bonding and criminal charges can be obtained by contacting the Jail directly at 785-537-2112, ext. 1902.
When inmates arrive they are given:
Inmates are offered hygiene supplies when needed and may purchase additional items on commissary.
Inmates can make calls during select hours in the jail if they have money on their inmate account. To place money on an inmate's account, visit Inmate Canteen. This is a third-party system so you will need to contact them if you have further questions.
Come to the Riley County Police Department on the day of release. It is possible the inmate will be released up to 15 minutes early, so it is suggested to be there before the release time.
The Riley County Police Department is located at:1001 S Seth Child RoadManhattan, KS 66502Phone: 785-537-2112
You can write to inmates at any time but messages will not be left for inmates unless it is of emergent nature. You can use Inmate Canteen to text or email your inmate.
All phone calls originating from the inmates' housing area are collect calls. The called number will receive a prerecorded message indicating the call's origin is from the Riley County Jail. The contacted person will then be asked if they will accept the collect call. If the person chooses not to accept the call, simply respond No, and hang up. If the calls persist, the subscriber has the option of blocking the phone of origin by calling RCPD at 785-537-2112, ext. 2551.
Money can be put on an inmate's account one of two ways.
Either of these ways will require the inmate's full name and jail name number. To get the name number, call and ask for it at the jail - 785-537-2112, ext. 1902
Checks and money orders will not be accepted.
Medications must be in the original container with the label intact and the correct number of pills for the prescription. No liquids or expired prescriptions will be accepted into the jail. No bottles with mixed pills will be accepted. All medications will be regulated by the medical staff and will be okayed by the doctor before they are given to the inmate.
Inmates can purchase stamps through commissary but may not be sent any items through the mail other than letters and pictures.
Inmates may be sent books only if they are softcover and are sent directly through Amazon or another book company. Inmates are also given access to our jail library.
You can write a letter to the Riley County Jail located at 1001 S Seth Child Road, Manhattan, KS 66502 addressed to the inmate.
Inmates and their loved ones now have access to video calls between 5:30 am to 10:30 pm. Those wanting to sign up, can visit Inmate Canteen and set up an account.
On Inmate Canteen, using the inmate's personalized name number, visitors can also send money, order commissary, text, and email the inmates through this system.
Video visitation, as well as the extra means of communication, will add extra ways for the inmates to feel connected. This is especially helpful for family or friends who are long distances and can't come to visitation in-person at the department. The more varied times for visitation can also be helpful for those who work during normal visitation hours.
Inmates coming in for a confinement order should bring as few belongings as possible. Cash is not accepted and will be placed in a kiosk system and returned on a debit card. It is highly suggested not to bring cash or change into this facility.
Inmates can bring legal paperwork into the jail only if it pertains to the case they are here for.
Inmates may be sent letters and appropriate pictures. Any pictures with vulgar language or imagery, violence, gang relations or sexual imagery will not be accepted or given to the inmate.
Upon incarceration at Riley County Jail, all inmates are given an inmate handbook and are expected to read and then follow any rule provided. Inmates found breaking the rules will be written up and disciplined according to policy as outlined in the inmate handbook.
The Riley County Jail currently has a nurse on staff Monday through Friday during the day and a doctor who comes once a week. There are also several Corrections Officers trained to do medical protocols in emergency situations.
Detention facilities that use direct supervision have significantly lower rates of assaults, extortions, and lawsuits than the traditional "linear" style of jail management. Staff, by the nature of the facility, are more proactive when problems do arise.
When someone is arrested, they are given a bond amount. They can either pay that amount in full, in exact cash, or they can select a bonding agent. Bonding agents will be chosen by the inmate and jail staff is not able to give any recommendation to one bondsman over another. All bondsmen will charge 10% of the bond amount and will require a cosigner for the inmate that is over the age of 21 and has been employed for over a year.
After inmates are fully booked in, they are given multiple phone calls to try to bond out. If unsuccessful, they will be placed in the housing unit until they see a judge, or they are able to bond out.
The Riley County Jail was occupied on January 18, 2001. There were originally 3 full pods and 2 half pods, which accommodate both male and female inmates. Because the inmate population has steadily increased each year since 2001, the Riley County Commission approved the expansion of the current facility in 2008. Construction on the Northside of the facility added 20 additional cells to the existing facility. The completion of the project was slated for the latter part of 2009. The 5 pods in the facility are designated by letter and color. The Riley County Jail, as of early 2013, had 7 pods wherein confined inmates are housed. Prior to the completion of the new wing, the confined population had a maximum capacity of 127 inmates. The newly completed wing became operational with the opening on March 11, 2011. The total capacity for the facility is now 147.
Programs are available to all inmates. However, they may be restricted for disciplinary, medical segregation, housing segregation, classification, or security reasons.
Yes, while at the Riley County Jail all court orders are enforced. These orders include "No Contact Orders" and are also enforced during visitation.
Inmates are transported to District or Municipal court whenever they have an appearance. First appearance through District Court is done through a video court system.
Court dates are not given out under any circumstance.
When coming in, inmates can fill out a religious diet contract and it will be followed if approved by our jail commander. Nursing and medical staff will approve medical dietary restrictions.
*In-person Sunday visitation has been suspended indefinitely. In-person Wednesday visitation will continue.*
Free video visitation will continue to be available in the lobby of the Riley County Police Department from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Staff will be routinely disinfecting the lobby area.
Video visitation from your home will also continue to be available through Inmate Canteen.
Visitors must be at least 18 years old. Children are allowed in visitation only if they are the child or sibling of the inmate being visited. Visitations will be no longer than 15 minutes per inmate.
Contraband and other prohibited items are those that are determined to be a threat to the safety, security, and integrity of the jail facility. The following is a list of those items which are not allowed into the visitation area of the jail. Any items not specifically mentioned is subject to the scrutiny of the Corrections Officer(s) supervising visitation as to whether or not an item is considered to be contraband and/or a prohibited
The only items allowed in the visitation area are:
Visitors will be barred from visitation if wearing inappropriate clothing. Inappropriate clothing is clothing that:
Whether you are barred from visitation or have the option to change or cover up, is at the discretion of the Corrections Officer(s) who are supervising visitation.
Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit unless they are the child or sibling of the inmate, and must be with a parent or legal guardian at all times.
Riley County Jail does not grant visitation to inmates until they have been confined for no shorter than 72 hours (from their initial confinement).
Free video visitation will continue to be available in the lobby of the Riley County Police Department from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Staff will be routinely disinfecting the lobby area. Visitors are required to wear a face covering.
Video visitation from your home will also continue to be available at a reduced rate through Inmate Canteen.
The Riley County Jail is open for visitation twice a week. Visitors must arrive early to sign in before visitation is granted. Visitation is on:
Visits are restricted to 15 minutes per inmate. Visitors must be at least 18 years old. Children are allowed in visitation only if they are the child or sibling of the inmate being visited.
Free video visitation will continue to be available in the lobby of the Riley County Police Department from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.