Patrol Division & K-9 Unit
Patrol DivisionThe Patrol Division operates under the direction of Captain George Welch. In addition to Captain Welch, the Patrol Division consists of:
- Captain George Welch
- Lt. Robert Poppa
- Lt. Kevin Gibson
- Sgt. David Mitchell
- Sgt. Clay McHardie
- Sgt. Dana Boyer
- Deputy Tim Bacon
- Deputy Brian Dailey
- Deputy Dan Ruff
- Deputy Kinte Forrest
- Deputy Tim Clarke
- Deputy Gary Kuehn
- Deputy Wade Noll
- Deputy Barbara Snyder
- Deputy Eric Lang
- Deputy Sam Gerety
- Deputy Ella Weishaar
- Deputy Steven Peters
- Deputy Tom Ryan
- Deputy Austin Low
- Deputy Tyler Wade
Patrol deputies are responsible for answering and handling all complaint calls and calls for service or assistance from members of the public. The current population of Jefferson County is 18,400. The deputies are responsible for patrolling 2, 231 miles of road and providing a visible presence as a proactive measure to help deter crime. The patrol deputies are also responsible for patrolling Lake Perry, which consists of 39,000 acres of land and water. Lake Perry offers boating, fishing, camping, hunting, nature trails, walking and biking trails. There are approximately one million visitors at Lake Perry per year. Deputies patrol and enforce state laws and county ordinances throughout the 555 square miles in Jefferson County.
Deputies respond to complaint calls, crimes in progress, take reports, serve warrants, investigate accidents on county roads and highways, and perform a wide array of related duties. The deputies provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County and surrounding areas as needed.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to 5928 calls in 2016
Minimun Qualifications for Deputy Sheriff
- Applicant must be 21 years of age at time of appointment
- High school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate
- Honorable Discharge from Military Service (if applicable)
- United States Citizen
- Applicants must successfully pass an intense background investigation.
- Applicants will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen.
- Applicants may not have any felony convictions or its equivalent under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Applicants must be of good moral character.
- Applicants shall be conditioned upon the following: The physical ability to perform the duties of his/hers position as verified by occupational performance testing.
- Average or above average physical condition with weight in proportion to height. No physical or mental condition that hampers performance and causes unnecessary risk to oneself or the community. Able to walk, run, and stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to transverse or climb irregular surfaces.
- Applicants must have a full range of motion, be able to operate Sheriff's Office firearms and be able to participate in all aspects of physical training.
- Normal hearing and olfactory function (sense of smell).
- Eyesight requirement of 20/20 or correctable to 20/20 in both eyes. Full color vision or corrected color vision certified by a physician. Night and peripheral vision required.
- Demonstrate responsibility and stable behavior in their past employments, financial history, personal relationships, and personality.
- Successfully complete the Selection Procedures before eligibility for employment will be granted.
Applicants must read, write, and speak English fluently, with no dysfunctional reading
The K-9 unit was started in 1993 by Capt. Randy Carreno who deployed a single purpose drug dog. Sgt. Kevin Gibson started with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office in 1994 and started the first dual purpose drug and patrol K-9. Since this time, the Sheriffs Office has also had dual purpose bomb and patrol K-9s and a bloodhound. Currently Sgt. Gibson and PSD(Police Service Dog) Grazl, routinely visits all of the school districts in Jefferson County to sniff the schools for illegal drugs. Sgt. Gibson and PSD Grazl are certified annually thru the Kansas Highway Patrol. The K-9 unit answers all calls for service as part of the patrol division. The K-9 unit is available to assist all other agencies when a K-9 is needed for both drug detection and patrol type calls.
Lieutenant Kevin Gibson