"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Protecting the Community - Patrol

Investigations | Patrol | Specialty Units | Traffic Management Unit

The members of the Leawood Police Department's Patrol Division perform the "meat and potatoes" work of law enforcement.

Easily the most visible of the department's many units, the Patrol Division's officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week spread throughout the city in their black and white patrol cars. The Patrol Division is divided into three 'crews' of officers, each managed by a leadership team made up of a sergeant and a corporal. The crews also include a police training officer, selected to supervise the on-the-job training of all newly hired officers; an evidence technician, a specialist in processing physical evidence at crime scenes; and five or six other patrol officers. These crews rotate every three months through all 3 shifts with most officers working a standard 8 hour shift - 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. - although there are several swing shifts that overlap these times to keep at least one officer on patrol.

In addition to their patrol responsibilities, members of the Patrol Division also have individual specialties including: Firearms Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor, Taser Instructor, OC Instructor, Armorer, Police Marksman, Identity Theft Specialist, CPR Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructors, Critical Incident Peer Counselors, Swift water Rescue, and Drug & Gang Specialists.

On any given day, Leawood patrol officers in any of the city's three patrol zones may respond to reports of thefts in progress, injury accidents and other criminal investigations, or pursue self-initiated enforcement of traffic and other laws.



CouturierSgt. Jordan Couturier joined the police department in 2005 and served as a warrant officer, police training officer, and traffic officer before he was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in December 2016. During his career Couturier also served as a Police Ethics and Child Passenger Safety Technician instructor as well as a member of the county Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He was recognized as the department’s Officer of the Year and has won the Top Gun trophy. Sgt. Couturier has a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology from The College of the Ozarks and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Contact Sgt. Couturier by e-mail.



Ken Whiteside Sgt. Ken Whiteside was hired by the Leawood Police Department in 1994 and served as a evidence technician and police training officer before he was promoted to Corporal in 2005 and then Sergeant in 2018. Sgt. Whiteside has been very active in coordinating mental health response and coordination with law enforcement, training Crisis Intervention Team training and serving on the Suicide Prevention Commission Panel in 2017 as well as the state Crisis Intervention Team Council. He was also a member of the department's honor guard from its inception until 2018 and is a recipient of the department's Lifesaving Award. Contact Sgt. Whiteside by e-mail.



David Winders 2016 Sgt. David Winders joined the Leawood Police Department in 2002 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. During his career he has served as a Taser and Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor for the department as well as a training officer for new recruits and a member of the Bike Patrol Unit. He is a past recipient of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Silver Award for Valor, the Kansas City Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association Bronze Award for Valor and the department’s Officer of the Year and Lifesaving Awards. Sgt. Winders has a bachelor's degree from Missouri Western University. Contact Sgt. Winders by e-mail.