Kansas Bureau of Investigation

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Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Abbreviation KBI
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Official patch of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
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Official seal for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Motto Dedication. Service. Integrity.
Agency overview
Formed 1939
Employees 253
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Kansas, USA
Legal jurisdiction Government of Kansas
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1620 SW Tyler Street
Topeka, KS
Special Agents 72[1]
Civilians 181[1]
Elected officer responsible Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General
Agency executive Kirk Thompson[2], Director
KBI Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is the criminal investigative arm of the state of Kansas. The agency is a division of the state's Attorney General.[3] Among the KBI's responsibilities are providing investigative and criminal laboratory services to criminal justice agencies, as well as investigating and preventing crime in the state of Kansas.[4] Kirk Thompson is the current director of the KBI.[5]

The KBI has 72 special agents and 181 civilian employees.[1]

The KBI was the primary agency involved in the murder investigation chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood as well as confirming the identity of the BTK Killer in Wichita.[6]


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) was established in 1939 by the Kansas Legislature to combat the increasing magnitude and complexity of crime in general and bank robberies in particular. The KBI is a division of the Office of Attorney General and is headed by a director appointed by the Attorney General.[7]

When established, the KBI was directed to conduct investigations at the request of the Attorney General and local law enforcement and to maintain state criminal justice records. Later, the KBI Laboratory was added and the KBI, traditionally, has also assisted in the training of local law enforcement officers and provided crime trend information to public officials, local law enforcement and citizens.[7]


Since its beginning, the KBI has had 12 directors.[8]

  1. Lou Richter (1939–1956)
  2. Logan H. Sanford (1957–1969)
  3. Harold R. Nye (1969–1971)
  4. Fred H. Howard II (1971–1975)
  5. William H. Albott (1975–1979)
  6. Thomas E. Kelly (1979–1987)
  7. David E. Johnson (1987–1989)
  8. James G. Malson (1989–1992)
  9. Robert B. Davenport (1992–1994)
  10. Larry Welch (1994–2007)
  11. Robert E. Blecha (2007–2011)
  12. Kirk D. Thompson (2011–present)

Office locations[edit]

The KBI maintains offices at the following locations.[9]


Regional offices[edit]


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