Kansas Bureau of Investigation

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Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Official patch of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Official patch of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Official seal for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Official seal for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Motto“Dedication. Service. Integrity.”[1]
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionKansas, USA
Legal jurisdictionGovernment of Kansas
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters1620 SW Tyler Street
Topeka, Kansas
Special agents72[2]
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
  • Tony Mattivi[3], Director
KBI Website

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is the state bureau of investigation of the U.S. state of Kansas. The KBI is a division of the Kansas Attorney General and responsible for providing investigative and criminal laboratory services to criminal justice agencies, as well as investigating and preventing crime in the state of Kansas.[4][5] Tony Mattivi is the current director of the KBI.[6]

The KBI has nearly 300 employees including 72 special agents and 181 civilian employees.[7][2]

The KBI's mission[edit]

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is dedicated to providing professional investigative, laboratory and criminal justice information services to criminal justice agencies for the purpose of promoting public safety and preventing crime in Kansas.[8]

—KBI Web site


The Kansas Legislature established The Kansas Bureau of Investigation in 1939. The bureau is a division of the Office of the Attorney General. The KBI assists local law enforcement agencies with more mobile and criminal activity. In the early years, the crimes were often bank robberies. Today, the KBI’s main task is providing expertise and assistance to local law enforcement departments in handling criminal incidents. The KBI has also been given the authority to maintain the state’s criminal justice records. Years later, the KBI Forensic Science Laboratory was added to assist the criminal justice community in Kansas with forensic science services.[9]

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.[10]

Organization of the KBI[edit]

The KBI Divisions include:[9]

  1. Field Investigations Division
  2. Special Operations Division
  3. Forensic Laboratory Division
  4. Information Services Division
  5. Information Technology


Since its founding, the KBI has had 13 directors.[11]

  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 (2011–2023)
  13. Tony Mattivi (2023–present)

Office locations[edit]

The KBI maintains offices at the following locations.[12]


Regional offices[edit]

KBI programs[edit]

Drug Enforcement[edit]

The KBI is involved in the fight against drugs and does its part to educate citizens on the signs and activity of illegal drug use and abuse.[13]

KS Missing Person[edit]

The KBI provides information that will aid law enforcement, parents, missing children’s agencies and others seeking to find their loved ones. The goal of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is the resolution of all missing or unidentified person cases. Additionally, the KBI provides support groups for people involved in missing person cases.[14]


  • Missing Persons Brochure[15]
  • Kansas Missing Children's Day Poster Contests[16]
  • Parental Abductions[17]
  • You Can Help![18]
  • Kansas AMBER Alert Web Site[19]

Support groups[edit]

Kansas Most Wanted[edit]

The KBI keeps records of Kansas’ most wanted criminals and provides resources for assisting law enforcement.[24]

Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative[edit]

The KBI started the Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in 2014. They began determining the number of submitted sexual assault kits had been collected by forensic nurses and turned over to law enforcement without being sent to a crime laboratory for forensic analysis. The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the KBI a $2 million grant in 2015 to support their efforts. In addition to collecting untested kits, the KBI started a multidisciplinary working group to evaluate the underlying factors contributing to the accumulation of this forensic evidence. The group has been working to create evidence-based recommendations and model policy to address the inventory and prevent an accumulation in the future. More information about the results of the initiative can be in the Kansas SAKI Brochure.[25]

Registered Offender Search[edit]

The KBI created the Registered Offender Search to facilitate public access to information about persons who have been convicted of certain sex, violent and drug offenses that are set forth in the Kansas Offender Registration Act. The Website is updated every fifteen minutes, and the KBI works to ensure the information is complete, accurate and up to date.[26]


  1. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Drug Enforcement - Home".
  2. ^ a b c KBI Statistics (2012)
  3. ^ https://www.kansas.gov/kbi/about/about_directors_Mattivi.shtml#:~:text=Attorney%20General%20Kris%20Kobach%20nominated,confirmed%20on%20February%209%2C%202023.
  4. ^ Kansas Bureau of Investigation – History
  5. ^ "Kansas Bureau of Investigation – Mission". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  6. ^ https://www.kansas.gov/kbi/about/about.shtml
  7. ^ "Kansas Bureau of Investigation".
  8. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Drug Enforcement - Home".
  9. ^ a b "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Drug Enforcement - Home". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  10. ^ Welch, Larry. Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK. Univ Pr of Kansas, 2012. ISBN 978-0700618859
  11. ^ KBI Directors
  12. ^ Kansas Bureau of Investigation – Organization of the KBI Archived 2010-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Drug Enforcement - Home". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  14. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Missing Persons". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  15. ^ "Missing Persons Brochure" (PDF). Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  16. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Missing Persons - Kansas Missing Children's Day Poster Contest". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  17. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Missing Persons - Parental Abductions Statutes". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  18. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Missing Persons". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  19. ^ "Active Amber Alerts • Kansas Amber Alerts". kbi.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  20. ^ "Take Root | Where Missing Children Are Seen & Heard". takeroot.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  21. ^ "Team HOPE". www.missingkids.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  22. ^ "Home". www.netsmartz.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  23. ^ "NSTeens.org - Making Safer Choices Online". www.nsteens.org. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  24. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Most Wanted". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  25. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Sexual Assault Kit Initiative". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  26. ^ "KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - KBI Registered Offender Website Disclaimer". www.kansas.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-09.

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