The City of Leawood can trace some of its earliest roots to law enforcement. In 1922, a retired police officer from Oklahoma City, Oscar G. Lee, moved to Johnson County. Lee Boulevard, the street that the Leawood Police Department was housed on until 2013, still bears his name.
The Leawood Police Department was started on January 18, 1949, when Robert E. Combs was chosen as the city’s first Chief of Police. The first officers were unpaid volunteers. By 1971, the city had gradually hired paid patrol officers, and had grown to a staff of 14 officers under the command of Chief Martin J. Kelly.
As the city has grown, so has the police department. In 1986 there were 26 full-time officers and six civilians, including one dispatcher. Now the department has 62 sworn officers and 22 civilian employees.
The police department first operated out of three rooms in the converted basement/garage of the City Hall and remained there until 1974. With the continued growth of the city and the department, the police department moved into a larger building at 9617 Lee Boulevard, which it shared with other city departments until after a major remodeling in 1990. In 1999, the continued growth of the department led to the expansion into a second building located behind Fire Station #1.
The early 2000s saw the purchase of land for a brand new station to house the police department and municipal court. Work began in earnest in 2011 when Hoefer Wysocki Architects (HWA) of Leawood were chosen to design the new facility. From the basic outline of the building to the locations of the various functions within the structure, HWA presented their concepts and an employee committee helped refine the vision, ultimately settling on an L-shaped building to best suit the needs of Court and the Police Department. The exterior was planned to include red brick walls and slate roofs with white columns beside the main entrances and a rotunda on the northeast corner to reflect the colonial look of City Hall, located just west across Roe Avenue. Geothermal energy was decided on to heat and cool the building.
The year 2011 came to a close with the renaming of 117th Street to Town Center Drive between Roe and Tomahawk Creek Parkway, further unifying the development of a “municipal corridor” link between City Hall and the Justice Center project. Construction on the justice center project began in 2012 and employees moved into their new home in November of 2013. Among the many features of the new Leawood Justice Center, which reunites the police department and municipal court in one area, are offices for all supervisory staff, expanded court work space, a larger workout facility, improved technology throughout the building and covered parking for police units.
You can take a look back at the notable events in past years by viewing our annual reports (linked below).
2019 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2019_annual_report
2017 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2017_annual_report
2016 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2016_annual_report
2015 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2015_annual_report
2014 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2014_annual_report
2013 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2013_annual_report
2012 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/leawoodpd/docs/2012_annual_report
The Leawood Police Department will continually work to maintain the highest quality of public safety services for everyone in our community. We will always be aware that the public’s trust in us will be determined by the individual decisions made by members of our department. We will base our decisions and actions on a foundation of integrity, fairness and professional conduct. Our department will always be concerned about the community we serve and setting our own standard of excellence.
Mission Statement and Values
The mission of the Leawood Police Department is to protect the community while setting the standard for service to ensure a peaceful quality of life.
Our mission will be accomplished through a commitment to professionalism, and our actions will be based on the following values:
Integrity – We value individual adherence to the integrity of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, and we will demonstrate honest and ethical behavior in all of our interactions. We believe that integrity is the basis for public trust.
Teamwork – We value teamwork and cooperation in combining our diverse backgrounds, skills and beliefs to accomplish our mission.
Service – We value the opportunity to provide service that is courteous, responsive, efficient and fair. We know that each act, no matter how large or small, can make an impact on the quality of life.
Fairness – We value fairness and strive to deliver services, provide assistance and make decisions that are fair and without prejudice.
Dedication – We value our individual dedication to the police profession, the protection of those in the community and the fellow members of the police department.