Kansas City Police Department (Kansas)

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The Kansas City Police Department (KCKPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County, as the two have merged many government services.[1][not specific enough to verify]


The department was established in 1898 with a staff of 46.[2]


The department is headed by a chief whose office controls the training academy, community affairs, internal affairs and a professional standards unit. An Operations Bureau includes an East, West, South, Midtown, school resource and community policing section. The Investigation Bureau includes the Crimes Against Persons Unit, the Investigations Unit, Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. The Services Bureau includes the K9 Unit, Animal Control Unit and logistics functions.[3][not specific enough to verify]

The current Police Chief is Terry Zeigler, who was confirmed on December 2, 2014. [4]

The current issued sidearm is the Glock 17 GEN 4 9mm which is slowly replacing the Glock 22 .40 S&W which has been the sidearm of the department since the early 1990's.

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insigni
Chief of Police
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Deputy Chief
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Fallen officers[edit]

Seventeen KCKPD officers have been killed in the line of duty.[5][6]

Name Date Notes
John Gilley 13 May 1889 Stabbed
William Morris 2 September 1902 Gunshot
Elmer Biggs 1 September 1922 Gunshot
Fred Wheeler 1 September 1922 Gunshot
Rudy Markl 25 December 1924 Gunshot
William Conley 12 September 1926 Gunshot
William Hicks 8 December 1929 Gunshot
Edward Nugent 2 August 1943 Gunfire
Fred Shaumeyer 12 February 1948 Fall
Harry Hedrick 5 August 1953 Gunshot
Roger Lutcher 8 January 1970 Gunshot
Michael Haen 28 July 1978 Accidental gunshot
Douglas Bunch 29 March 1983 Heart attack
Jeffrey A. Young 1 August 1989 Vehicular assault
Richard Asten 11 June 1998 Vehicular assault
Brad Lancaster 9 May 2016 Gunfire
Robert Melton 19 July 2016 Gunfire


  1. ^ KCKPD Official Web Site retrieved 6 April 2014
  2. ^ "Department History". Kansas City, KS Police Department. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ KCKPD Official Web Site retrieved 6 April 2014
  4. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article4241645.html
  5. ^ "Police Memorial Service". Kansas City, KS Police Department. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kansas City Police Department, Kansas, Fallen Officers". Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved 8 April 2014.