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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. Troy Osborn joined the Leawood Police Department in 2000 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. He previously served the department as a Police Training Officer in the Patrol Unit and as a Motorcycle Officer in the Traffic Management Unit as well as serving as one of the agency's Emergency Vehicle Operations instructors. He has a bachelor's degree from Graceland University in Iowa, where he was a member of the baseball team. Osborn is a past recipient of the department's Lifesaving Award. Contact Sgt. Osborn by e-mail.
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.
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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