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K9 Kimo reports for duty

The Leawood Police Department welcomed its newest officer, K9 Officer Kimo, on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Kimo (key-mo) is a one-and-a-half year old German Shepherd who was born in Czechoslovakia before being purchased and brought to the United States for his training. Leawood Police Officer Josh Hayes first teamed with Kimo eight weeks ago at Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Over the intervening weeks, the two learned about each other while Kimo polished his skills in narcotic detection and tracking/patrol apprehension work.

While Kimo is now a certified dual purpose police dog, he still has lots to learn. Before coming ‘home’ to Leawood he had never seen a goose or walked up carpeted steps. “Every day we’ve been exposing him to new things,” said Hayes.

Kimo is the fourth working dog that Hayes, who joined the department in January of 2014, has been paired with. He previously handled two canines while serving in the United States Marine Corps and later handled a third dog under contract to the U.S. State Department overseas. The three previous dogs, however, were bomb detection dogs, so Hayes is also learning new skills alongside his new partner.

If you see Kimo and Hayes on the streets of Leawood, be sure to wave.

Long time trainer retires from PD after 28 years of service

After 28 years of service to the citizens of Leawood, Sergeant Tim Anderson took off his uniform for the final time on Friday, Dec. 9th.

Tim was originally hired as an Animal Control Officer. He joked at a reception honoring his years of service that his hiring was partially on the recommendation of his fiance, who worked with many Leawood officers at the old Ranchmart movie theater. Tim spent several years wrangling pets and occasionally working in dispatch before he was promoted to police officer. During his career, Tim served 13 years as a training officer for new police officers while also developing his own expertise in the area of impaired driver investigation - first in DUI investigations and later as a Drug Recognition Expert who can testify about drivers who are impaired by legal and illegal substances. One count had Tim arresting more than 500 DUI drivers in his career. As the years went on, Tim became a Standardized Field Sobriety instructor and later a Drug Recognition Expert instructor, working with the Kansas Highway Patrol to teach these DUI recognition systems to law enforcement officers throughout the state. Tim spent more than 20 years as an instructor, giving of himself to develop those around him.

Tim received his first promotion in 2004 and in 2008 was promoted to Sergeant and supervised a crew of Patrol officers. He also served as the department’s Professional Standards Officer, responsible for hiring and training, before retiring as the supervisor of the Traffic Management Unit.

Throughout his years of service, Tim credited his family and his beliefs for supporting him. “I BELIEVE in what we are doing,” Tim wrote in a letter to his co-workers. “I BELIEVE we have a duty to those we serve, and I have come to work every day for the last 26 years intent on living up to that responsibility. ”

2016 outpouring

Police Department humbled by outpouring of support

Since the tragic events in Kansas City, KS; Dallas, TX, and Baton Rouge, LA, in early July, the Leawood Police Department's employees have been humbled by the outpouring of support from the citizens we serve. We have received dozens of notes, cookies, gift cards and other expressions of support from residents and businesses alike.

It is our privilege to serve all of you and we are grateful for your support!

Two police cars totaled in February 2016 crashes

February was a tough month for the Leawood Police fleet. Two separate crashes totaled out two of the department's black and white patrol cars and badly damaged a third.

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The first incident took place just after midnight at Feb. 4. Two Leawood Police cars were stopped on westbound I-435 with all of their emergency lights on while two officers were out of their cars to remove a large piece of carpet from the lanes of travel. Another motorist traveling westbound drove up on the stopped cars, was unable to stop in time and struck both cars, destroying one (pictured above). Fortunately none of those involved, the other driver or the officers, was injured in the crash.

Three weeks later, on Feb. 26, another patrol car was stopped on eastbound 135th Street with all of its emergency lights on. The officer had just gotten back in his car after stopping a speeder when another motorist traveling east glanced away for a moment and ran into the stopped patrol car, destroying both cars and sending the officer to the hospital.

Both of these crashes were due to driver inattention and were completely avoidable. Kansas law requires you to change lanes or reduce your speed as you approach a stopped emergency vehicle (K.S.A. 8-1530). Please pay attention to any flashing lights you see.

Peers Pick Rice & Lewis As Employees of the Year in 2015

The Leawood Police Department's annual Awards Dinner this year highlighted an inspiring 11 Lifesaving Awards won by officers during the past year. Chief Troy Rettig took time on the evening of Nov. 7th to read aloud a synopsis of each of the events. Many of the events included CPR compressions or AED shocks to those whose heart had stopped beating , but there was also recognition of an officer who assisted a suicidal woman and an officer who woke and rescued a couple from their burning home. Several of those recognized won two awards including Sara Bednarik, Andrew Maxwell and David Winders. Others recognized were Andrew Bacon, Christina Farquhar, Curtis Rice Mark Teerink, Greg Turney and Kirt Yoder.

A Lifesaving Award wasn’t the only recognition Rice received. Curtis was chosen by his peers as the 2015 Officer of the Year. In addition to his quality work as a Traffic Officer investigating crashes, Curtis’ co-workers noted his commitment to public relations (organizing the Open House with Randy Wiler, serving as Copper the mascot, and department liaison with Leawood at State Line Apartments), recruiting and mentoring new officers and participation in the Crisis Intervention mental health response team.

Animal Control Officer Carla Lewis was announced as the department’s Civilian of the Year. Beside her work developing the new Barktoberfest with the Parks Department, Carla helped bring several area training classes to Leawood as a board member for JoCART - the Johnson County Animal Response Team, a group designed to assist with animals in times of natural disaster. She also attained national certification as an animal search and rescue technician and continued to elevate Leawood’s prominence as the president of the Kansas State Animal Control Association.

Among the other recognitions was notice that earlier in the week Kevin Cauley was promoted to Deputy Chief. Troy Osborn received the annual Top Gun trophy after posting the best score on a firearms range course that involved using all three of the department’s primary weapons: handgun, shotgun and rifle. Finally, the dinner recognized a number of officers who celebrated anniversaries in both law enforcement as a whole and the City of Leawood in particular, including Scott Hansen who was recognized for 30 years of service and Tony Woollen for his 25 years of service.

Top Employees are Butler, Lara for 2014

Surprise and amazement were the feelings of Erik Butler and Isabel Lara after being chosen as the Leawood Police Department’s Officer and Civilian of the Year for 2014.

The Police Unity Tour, a benefit fundraiser for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., was mentioned by all five of the peers who nominated him for the annual award. In addition to riding all 230 miles of the event, Butler has also spearheaded several local fundraisers for the event.

“Erik has ridden in the police unity tour for the past couple years in honor of Brian. I am truly humbled by his actions, for a man he never knew, and I know Brian would be as well. He is the perfect example of displaying how law enforcement is a family and knows no boundaries,” wrote Sarah Purcell, the widow of Sedgwick County, KS, Deputy Brian Etheridge, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 28, 2009, and whom Erik has ridden in memory of the last several years.

Butler serves the department as a bicycle officer, a training officer for new recruits and as the primary defensive tactics instructor. This year he took on added responsibility to coordinate the annual Citizens Academy program and one was of two officers planning for a Teen Citizens Academy that will debut in January 2015. In addition, Butler is the primary defensive tactics instructor for all of the recruits at the Johnson County Regional Police Academy and this year took on additional instructing responsibilities to cover some academy staffing shortages.

Isabel Lara was equally honored to be chosen as the department’s Civilian of the Year. One of the department’s two Public Service Officers, Lara is also the primary evidence custodian for the department and over the last year had the unenviable task of organizing and inventorying every piece of the department’s thousands of pieces of evidence after the move into the new justice center. She has also assisted officers with Spanish translation and helped with “numerous other tasks.”

Several other awards were also presented earlier in the evening. David Winders was presented with the department’s Lifesaving Award for his efforts with city fire personnel in restoring a resident’s heartbeat. Bradey Ewy was recognized as the department’s Top Gun after having the highest score on a course that tested officers’ skills with all of the department’s weapons. Finally, a number of time in service awards were also presented, most notably Nancy Kelley’s 35 years with the City of Leawood. Other time in service recipients were: 10 years: Donita Crossland, Chris Rues and Joe Peeples; 15 years: Laurie Saunders, Robert Mahon and Kirt Yoder; 20 years: Ken Whiteside;  and 30 years: Kelly Ratliff.

32 LPD Members Accept Icy Challenge

Motivated to accept a challenge and raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, members of the Leawood Police Department joined in a group Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 21st. In this case, the icy buckets were the buckets of two front end loaders filled with 600 gallons of water and ice courtesy of the Leawood Public Works and Fire Departments.

Chief Jack Cauley of the Castle Rock, CO, Police Department issued a challenge to his younger brother, Leawood Capt. Kevin Cauley, in early August to gather co-workers for an icy splash as well as to raise $500. By the time the 21st, fortunately a sunny day in the 90s, rolled around, 32 department members showed up with nearly $1000 in donations - double the amount challenged. Not to be outdone, Leawood Chief John Meier passed the challenge on to the Prairie Village, KS; Lenexa, KS; Shawnee, KS; Merriam, KS: and Beavercreek, OH, Police Departments.

See the action for yourself on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmSvLeF3yT4

Schroeder Top Gun on Two Wheels

When it comes to motorcycle riding skills, the members of the Leawood Police Department's Motor Unit are hard to beat.

Competing in mid May at a Police Motorcycle Rodeo hosted by the Lenexa Police Department, Leawood's riders went head-to-head with more than 20 riders from the Kansas City metro area; Salina, KS, and as far away as Oklahoma, in a series of timed tests of individual and partner riding skills.

Officer Matt Schroeder, pictured above negotiating part of the timed course, was the big winner, taking First Place in the Expert Category and being named Top Gun Rider at the rodeo among all participants. He also teamed with Officer Robert Mahon for a Second Place finish in the partner riding event.

Officer Bradey Ewy, who just completed Wheel School in March before joining the Motor Unit finished in First Place in the Novice Category and Mahon finished in Third Place in the Novice Category. Finally, Officer Lee Graves, who rotated out of the Motor Unit but still keeps involved with training, finished in Fourth Place in the Expert Category and Fifth Place Overall.

Day, Berger named 2013's Top Employees

In recognition of their dedication, both at work and outside of work, Police Officer Paul Day and Records Specialist Julie Berger were chosen by their peers as the Leawood Police Department’s Employees of the Year for 2013 at the department's annual awards dinner.

A member of the department since January of 2007, Julie was recognized not only for her work greeting the public and helping to process all of the paperwork generated by officers, but also for her commitment to Special Olympics. She has been a big help in planning the department’s annual Midnight Run and Summer Olympics fundraising events.

Paul, who joined the department in June of 2006, was active in a number of areas. In addition to having one of highest arrest rates in Patrol, Paul also serves as one of the Canine Unit’s training decoys and has greatly helped in the development of the department’s two new dogs. He also managed the department’s Citizens Police Academy program this fall and has been an active participant in several other programs throughout the year.

While Paul and Julie’s were the top awards of the dinner, they were not the only ones presented.

Capt. Dale Finger (Distinguished Service Award) and Information Services Director Mark Andrasik (Exceptional Service Award) received well deserved recognition for all the work they put into the city’s new Justice Center.

Sgt. Brad Robbins received the department’s Lifesaving Award after joining three Leawood Fire Fighters (Capt. Mike Hoffine, Dony Bielak and Jake Williams) in successfully performing CPR. The four where able to re-establish a heartbeat before MedAct even arrived and because of their efforts the man walked out of the hospital 10 days later.

Officer Chris Hargis received the annual Top Gun award. It is presented to the officer who posts the best time in a challenging course that measured accuracy and speed in the use of all of the department’s firearms.

Finally, a number of police employees were recognized for their years of service to the department and to law enforcement. 5 YEARS: Bradey Ewy; 10 YEARS: Erik Butler; 15 YEARS: Regina Ellis, Robert Mahon; 20 YEARS: Phil Goff, Shawn Farris, Troy Rettig; 35 YEARS: David Klingler; 40 YEARS: Dale Finger.

Couturier, Keil chosen as department's best for 2012

Based on the recommendations of their peers, Police Officer Jordan Couturier and Communications Officer Kallie Keil were announced as the Leawood Police Department’s Police Officer and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2012.

“Not only does Jordan exemplify the guiding principles of the Leawood Police Department but he demonstrates them day in and day out,” said one co-worker in nominating Couturier, who has been with the department since April of 2005.

Couturier was also singled out for his selflessness in changing shifts to accommodate the Police Training program’s needs.

Keil, who has been a dispatcher with the department since July of 2006, was recognized for her work in coordinating the department’s 9-1-1 education program and for volunteering with the employee activity committee.

“In the last year she was recognized for her work as a communications officer in helping to calm a hit and run crash victim,” noted one co-worker in their nomination. “Kallie has also taken over the responsibility of coordinating our 9-1-1 education efforts. This program gets out into the community to teach an important skill while reinforcing our agency’s commitment to the people we serve.”

The third top award was the department’s Top Gun Award, presented annually to the officer who posts the fastest time in a shooting exercise that tests their ability to use all of the department’s weapons. This year’s recipient was Officer Erik Butler.

Other awards presented that night included:

Time in Law Enforcement Service Awards

5 years: Julie Berger, Chris Hargis, Christina Stockton and Dan Reedy; 15 years: Jason Ahring; 20 years: Jim Cogswell; 25 years: Bill Burke; 35 years: Randy Wiler

Leawood Time in Service Awards

10 years: Jim Herman and David Winders; 20 years: Tony Woollen and Kevin Cauley; 30 years: Jill Manson

Three join national bike tour to remember

In the fall of 2011, Erik Butler approached Sgt. Kirt Yoder and I (Mark Chudik) with an idea: pedal 230 miles in the 2012 annual Police Unity Tour bicycle challenge and raise money to support the National Police memorial and new National Police Museum in D.C.

We left on May 7th and arrived in Richmond on the afternoon of the 9th. Day 1, May 10th, was scheduled to be a 94 mile ride to Charlottesville, Va. The weather was perfect: mid 70s, cool, breezy and some clouds. We encountered rolling hills with enough down hill to make it up the next hill (a.k.a. 'rollers'). We took breaks around 20, 40, 60 and 80 mile marks. Except for a dropped camera, all went smoothly for the three Leawood riders.

The weather on day 2 was as good as day 1. Much of the same, but only 80 miles. We stayed the night in Warrenton, Va. Day 3, May 12th, was a bit different: a little warmer, a few more hills, but only 50ish miles away from our destination. For a portion of our ride, we were escorted by a brand new police helicopter, fully equipped with a siren as we neared D.C. For some parts of our ride, portions of major highways were closed down for us, and this was no different in D.C. Our 80 member chapter met up with 1700 other riders in the parking lot of RFK stadium. From there, we joined the other chapters in shutting down more of D.C. as we rode through the streets, past the Capitol and into the National Police Memorial.

This is where it got tough. The streets were filled with supporters and loved ones of fallen heros. Flags were waved, and high-fives were shared with lots of applause and verbal gratitude. 1700 riders in matching jerseys were escorted presidential style, and pictures could not do this justice. It was at that moment that I wanted my own family to be a part of this event and to see how special the law enforcement community is.

We dismounted at the memorial which was lined with more supporters and survivors. We sat through a short presentation where we learned that approximately $1.65 million had been raised by the 1700 cyclists involved in this ride. This is the largest amount raised by the Police Unity Tour to date.

After the short ceremony, we were released until 7 p.m. on the 13th. The three of us did a literal speed walk tour of the sites around D.C. before the candle light vigil on Mother's Day. Just across the street form the memorial stands the building for the new police museum... very impressive. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 may have been in attendance for candle light vigil. Each of us rode in memory of a fallen Law Enforcement Official, and some met the surviving families at the memorial before the vigil. At that time we gave them our engraved metal rider wristbands denoting their loved one's name and end of watch date. This was a difficult thing to say the least.

The hosts of the presentation spoke about the lives lost and the names recently added to the wall. They used words like noble, selfless, brave, hero, steadfast and honorable. The families of those lost were thanked over and over, never seeming to be enough. Just prior to the conclusion, thousands of candles were passed out, lit and held high during celebration song. Again, a very difficult moment to get through.

More can be found on our policeunitytourchapter4.org site and on the National Law Enforcement Memorial page under news room, photo gallery and their Flicker account. We were grateful and honored to be a part of this, make some new friends and represent our area.

Leawood Police Raise $35,709.40 for Special Olympics

The 2010-2011 fiscal year for Kansas Special Olympics came to a close on August 31st. With the help of two local agencies, Kansas Law Enforcement raised about $70,000 more than they did last year, earning a total of $471,786.89!

The Leawood Police Department finished second in the state of Kansas, just behind the Merriam Police Department, having raised $20,624.45. This amount was well over the $13,000 raised last year. An additional $15,084.95 was raised on the Polar Bear Plunge, giving Leawood PD a grand total of $35,709.40. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported Leawood officers with such a deserving charity in the past year.

Looking ahead, Officer Rod Laubenstein has been chosen as the Johnson County Law Enforcement Coordinator for Special Olympics, and Master Patrol Officer Shawn Farris, the former Johnson County LE Coordinator, was chosen as an at-large member of the Kansas State Special Olympics board. The department's fund-raising for 2012 has already begun as department members eye January 28th for the 2012 Polar Plunge.

Recognition for Child Safety Education Efforts

The Leawood Police Department recently learned that Officers Dave Jennings and David Winders will be recognized as Injury Prevention Heroes in the Community by Safe Kids Metro KC, a program of the Mother and Child Health Coalition, and Safe Kids Johnson County, a program of the Johnson County Health Department. The two officers will be recognized at the April 15th Child Safety Initiative Conference for their work in the Safety Ambassador program and the bike safety rodeos they conducted.

Officers Recognized for Valor

For their efforts in stopping the sexual assault of a 92-year-old woman and arresting her attacker despite a physical assault, Leawood Police Officers Nick Rothwell and Greg Turney were recognized with the Silver Award for Valor by the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association at their annual awards ceremony on November 19, 2010.

Just after midnight on June 30th, Leawood Officers were dispatched to a residence on an unknown call for the police. Communications Officers received a 9-1-1 call from the address and could hear a woman yelling for help before the line went dead. Rothwell arrived less than a minute later and immediately recognized a vehicle parked outside the address as one involved in an attempted commercial burglary earlier in the night. Turney joined Rothwell moments later and the two approached the house, Turney walking towards the back of the house while Rothwell went toward the front door.

Looking through a darkened rear window with his flashlight, Turney saw a sexual assault in progress and startled the suspect, who fled towards the front of the house. Alerted by Turney, Rothwell kicked open the front door only to immediately be punched in the head by the fleeing suspect. Shaking off the blow, Rothwell tackled the subject in the front yard. Despite attempts by the suspect to claw his way free or get his weapon, Rothwell pinned the suspect on the ground. Turney forced his way into the home through a rear door and, after pausing to assure the victim that help would be with her momentarily, ran out the front and helped Rothwell handcuff the still resisting suspect.

Damron named  "Everyday Hero"

Leawood Police Communications Officer Greg Damron was one of three individuals named as an "Everyday Hero" by the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) at their 13th Annual Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration on April 16th. Damron was recognized for his exceptional work during the past year, not only in Leawood but also the assistance he provided to other departments in the area.

"The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) recognizes a few of the hundreds of public safety dispatchers and call takers in the Kansas City metropolitan area each year with outstanding performance awards.  Although he was formally recognized for the work he has done over the past year, everyone who knows Greg is well aware that he has a long history of putting forth extra effort in all that he does," Captain Dale Finger, Administrative Services Division Commander, said of the award.

MARC's ceremony came during National Telecommunicator Appreciation Week, held April 11-17, 2010. National Telecommunicator Appreciation Week is a time each year to recognize the men and women who answer your emergency phone calls each day. Last year in the KC Metro area, call takers answered 1.5 million 9-1-1 calls and another 2.5 million administrative calls.

Leawood officers grab boxing belts

Making their formal boxing debuts, Anne Wagoner and Kirt Yoder both came away with championship belts at the Guns N' Hoses boxing event on Nov. 15, 2008.

Looking for a challenge, Wagoner and Yoder were two of many local police officers, fire fighters and emergency service personnel who volunteered to compete in annual Guns N' Hoses charity boxing event. Guns N' Hoses benefits S.A.F.E./Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund, a Kansas City-metro area program that provides financial and emotional support to the families of emergency services personnel who have died while protecting our community and our citizens. The event also benefits area juvenile boxing programs.

Their championship journey started more than two months earlier when they began training for the event. To be considered for one of the slots on the final night, volunteers had to participate in a minimum number of conditioning and training sessions. Guiding the volunteer's development were trained fighters and coaches, who are also volunteers for the event.

On the big night, Wagoner was pitted against Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Heather Weese. Yoder battled Overland Park Fire Fighter Danny Meeker, who had competed in several past Guns N' Hoses events. The fights consisted of three one-minute rounds following national amateur boxing regulations.

Officer published in U.S. Government Newsletter

Randy J. Wiler, DARE Officer and Community Policing Specialist, has again been published in a national publication regarding his fight against bullying. You can find this article under "Ask the Expert" section of the U.S. Government—Health Resource Services Administration (H.R.S.A.) Stop Bullying Now website.

Wiler is one of the first 20 people in the United States selected by Dr. Dan Olweus to become a national trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Group. Wiler first began collecting information concerning bullying behaviors in 1992 and began developing his presentation in December 1993. He was first featured in Good Housekeeping magazine in an article entitled "Kids Who Terrorize Kids" and is the author of several bullying prevention publications, some of which are featured in the national Stop Bullying Now! outreach by H.R.S.A. He also wrote the bullying prevention curriculum in use world-wide by the D.A.R.E. program and was named as the 2006 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.

Officer awarded department's Purple Heart

Rausch car crash

Officer Randy Rausch's patrol car after it was struck by another motorist on I-435.

Officer Randy Rausch was awarded the Leawood Police Department's Purple Heart Award at the June 2, 2008, Leawood City Council meeting.

On the morning of December 8, 2007, Officer Rausch stopped on the shoulder of eastbound I-435 at State Line to assist a motorist that had slid off the icy highway. As he started to exit his patrol car, a second motorist lost control of his car and struck Officer Rausch's car, briefly knocking him unconscious. Officer Rausch spent a week in the hospital and more than four months away from work healing from the injuries he sustained. Officer Rausch is the second officer to receive the Purple Heart Award, designed to recognize employees who are seriously injured while performing their duties.

Officers receive awards for valor

Four Leawood Police Officers were recognized at the KMBC-TV9/Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Awards for Valor ceremony on November 14, 2007.

Officers Greg Turney and Ron Hulsey received the bronze award for valor. The two were involved in the pursuit and capture of three armed subjects who had been involved in several armed robberies in the area. Part of the chase took place in the storm drainage tunnels near the Grandview Triangle. Both officers, as well as Turney's K9 partner Rocco, were recognized with bronze awards for valor by the Kansas Peace Officers' Association earlier in 2007. Rocco was the first police canine to ever receive an award from the organization.

Sergeant Brad Robbins and Officer David Winders also received the bronze award for valor for their response to an armed disturbance in March 2007. In this incident, a subject was waving a gun in front of two innocent people. The officers forced their way into a home after the suspect fired a shot that just missed one of the people before he was taken into custody.

Leawood officer chosen DARE Officer of the Year

Officer Randy Wiler of the Leawood Police Department was chosen as the International D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year for 2006. Officer Wiler, a member of the Leawood Police Department since 1990, was presented with this award on July 27, 2006, at the International D.A.R.E. Conference in Orlando, Fla.

A nationally recognized expert on bullying prevention, Officer Wiler completed two supplemental lessons to the D.A.R.E. curriculum on bullying prevention that were adopted by D.A.R.E. in January of 2006. This marks the first time that bullying prevention has been part of D.A.R.E. since it was begun in 1983.

"This is something that I've wanted to do (to include bullying prevention). D.A.R.E. has always been viewed as drug abuse resistance training but they've not had a violence prevention program. Now we have a delivery medium to reach more than 30 million kids annually," Wiler said of his new lesson plans.

Officer Wiler has been a D.A.R.E. instructor since 1989. In addition to his work with the D.A.R.E. program, Officer Wiler is the Director of the Kansas Bullying Prevention Association, which has trained more than 700 Kansas educators as trainers in his bullying prevention programs, and he is the vice president of the International Bullying Prevention Association.