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Easily the most visible of the department's many units, the patrol division's three groups of 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's work cycle is divided into three shifts: days (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.), evenings (3 to 11 p.m.) and midnights (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.). Officers bid to determine their shift and remain on that shift for three months before another round of bidding. Officers may not spend more than 9 months on a shift before they need to rotate to a different shift.
Each patrol shift is managed by a sergeant and includes a corporal; a master patrol officer; a field 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.
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 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.
Sgt. Nick Rothwell joined the Leawood Police Department in 2001 after six years of service with the Miami County, KS, Sheriff’s Office and Paola, KS, Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 after having served as a Police Training Officer and Detective for our agency. Sgt. Rothwell has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University as well as a black belt in Judo. A former youth wrestling and judo coach, he is a Defensive Tactics instructor for the department. Sgt. Rothwell is a past recipient of the Metro Chiefs and Sheriffs Association’s Silver Award for Valor, the Kansas Chief of Police Association’s Bronze Award for Valor and was recognized as the department’s Officer of the Year in 2010. Contact Sgt. Rothwell by e-mail.
Sgt. Kirt Yoder joined the department in 1999 after four years as a deputy with the Johnson County, KS, Sheriff's Office. Since coming to Leawood, Yoder has worked in both the Patrol Division and the Traffic Management Unit. He has served as a Field Training Officer, a self defense instructor, a Crisis Negotiator and a Child Safety Restraint Instructor. An accomplished scuba diver, Yoder volunteered for five years with the Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team. In 2013 Sgt. Yoder completed the State of Kansas' Certified Public Manager program. In addition to his duties as a patrol supervisor, Sgt. Yoder also implemented and supervises Leawood's police officer training program for new officers. Contact Sgt. Yoder by e-mail.
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