Welcome to the Kechi Police Department Website!
The Kechi Police Department has gone though several changes over the past 5 years. As some residence may recall the police department used to be next the gas station located on N. Oliver.
In 2007 The Kechi Police Department moved to its new location at 105 Souix located directly behind City Hall. The police department’s business hours are between 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Vehicle Safety Videos
If you are uncertain on the proper procedure to install a car seat, or general vehicle safety regarding your children, airbags or how to utilize your LATCH system, here are some educational videos:
This is the primary website where all the videos can be found and then each additional website is video specific to this website: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/carseat/
Car Safety for your Infant: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/carseat/flash/infant_shell.html
Car Safety for your Toddler: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/carseat/flash/toddler_shell.html
Car Safety for your 4 - to 8-year-old: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/carseat/flash/booster_shell.html
For other safety videos please go to the videos page.
Kechi Police Department’s Business Hours
The police station is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding city observed holidays).
There are times that during business hours that the officer on duty and/or police clerk is not in the office. During these times citizens can find a note pad and pen by the sliding glass window to leave a message for the police clerk, however if the citizen needs to speak to an officer they should call 9-1-1 and the officer on duty will contact them.
Citizens are encouraged to leave a note for the police clerk if she is not in.
Kechi Police Lobby
The Kechi Police Department is located at 105 Sioux, Kechi, KS 67067 and is directly behind City Hall. Inside the police lobby you will find good information that pertains to upcoming events, lost children, child safety restraints (booster seat and seat belt laws for kids), and some other helpful information that is free to have.
The most requested information is about child safety seats and seatbelt laws. The pamphlet shows the age/weight requirements for each style of child seat. There are handouts in the police lobby for citizens to have. Feel free to come in and look at some of the information or updates available for citizens.
In the lobby you will also find some fine glass art that was donated by Karg Art Glass at 61st and N. Oliver (http://www.rollinkarg.com). There are also photos of the Kechi Police Officers that proudly serve the citizens and City of Kechi located on the wall.
Citizens are welcome to come by the police department anytime during the regular business hours of operation. If citizens are in need of some basic information then feel free to call the police station at 316-744-6611 and we will assist you. If you need an officer for any reason, serious or not, please call 9-1-1 to have an officer contact you.
Protect The Protectors- Move Over For Police
In 2010 there were 162 officers killed* in the line of duty, out of those deaths 36% involved a motor vehicle of some kind. From the 36% vehicle related deaths a staggering 12% were killed by passing motorist that struck the officer.
Kansas Statute K.S.A 8-1530 requires all vehicles to change lanes and/or slow down when a driver approaches an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Here is a piece of that law language:
(1) If the driver of the motor vehicle is travelling on a highway that consists of at least two lanes that carry traffic in the same direction of travel as that of the driver’s motor vehicle, the driver shall proceed with due caution and, if possible and with due regard to the road, weather and traffic conditions, shall change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to that of the stationary authorized emergency vehicle; or
(2) If the driver is not travelling on a highway of a type described in paragraph (1), or if the driver is travelling on a highway of that type but it is not possible to change lanes or if to do so would be unsafe, the driver shall proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather and traffic conditions. (http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_8/Article_15/8-1530.html) END
In the city of Kechi failure to move over and/or slow down will result in a citation with cost of $260.00 or higher. Please protect our officers by moving over and slowing down when you drive past them on the roadways.
If you wish to have more information about this ordinance then you can go to Kechi City Hall and request a copy of Section 61 from the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities.
*Information was obtained from http://www.odmp.org/year.php?year=2010&Submit=Go *
ID Theft, What can you do to protect yourself?
ID theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and is victimizing hundreds of thousands of citizens every year. Here are a few good tips to help protect yourself from ID theft:
1) If you do not know the business or person on the phone never give our your personal information
- Many citizens choose to purchase items over the phone. This is fine so long as you know who is on the other line. If someone calls you claiming to be the bank or some business and they want your personal information ask them for the following:
1) Get the business name and the name of the person to whom you are talking to.
2) Get the phone number and extension number to the person and business.
3) Hang up the phone and try to verify by use of the internet or phone book that the number does in fact belong to the business the person said they work for.
4) If the bank called you, call your local branch or outside branch to verify that they did contact you and/or that the numbers provided to you are legitimate.
5) If all this checks out then you may feel more comfortable to release your information over the phone, however, there is always a risk and the best bet is to not give anything over the phone
2) Do not give your personal information on the internet. This is especially true on social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Giving your birth date, mother’s maiden name and other vital information can be used as security questions for bank accounts and credit cards. Be sure to not have any of this information on your webpages.
Video websites: http://www.trafficsafetycoalition.com/stoponred
Report suspicious activity homeland security http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtUl0AZRQ8k&feature=youtu.be
The Kechi Police Department’s mission is to provide the best care and safety possible for our citizens. We encourage all citizens to contact 911 for ANY issues or emergencies. Contacting 911 for issues and emergencies will aid our officer’s in responding to your concern or emergency. It will help provide our officer with the appropriate information they need to better help assist you. However, if you have a simple question for an officer, please, don’t hesitate to call our department at 316-744-6611 or stop by our station.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What is the best way to contact an officer?
Answer: Call 9-1-1 if you need an officer’s assistance. Sedgwick County Communication Center handles all 9-1-1 calls for the City of Kechi. Officers are able to respond to issues faster when calls are placed with 9-1-1 dispatchers.
Question: What if my issue is not an emergency, who do I call then?
Answer: Still call 9-1-1. Dispatchers at 9-1-1 are professionals that provide police officers with the fastest and most reliable data you provide. Let’s clear up some myths about calling 9-1-1.
- Myth- 9-1-1 dispatchers ask way too many questions and don’t send officers out right away. Fact-Although 9-1-1 dispatchers do ask a lot of questions over the phone, they actually send out the call while talking to you over the phone. There are anywhere from 2-3 dispatchers who help during a 9-1-1 call. So even though you are answering questions, officers are already on their way!
- Myth- 9-1-1 dispatchers get mad if the call is not an emergency. Fact- 9-1-1 dispatchers are professional and understand that not everything requires an emergency to call 9-1-1. Citizens should be comfortable to call 9-1-1 when they need a police officer’s assistance.
- Myth- If I call 9-1-1 I will get charged a fee that I have to pay. Fact-This is not true. It does not cost you any extra money if you call 9-1-1. All 9-1-1 dispatcher service is covered in your regular phone bill.
Question: What are some things that I should or should not call 9-1-1 for?
Answer: There are no situations that are the same and you should always call 9-1-1 when in doubt if you should or not call, however, here are the top five reasons not to call 9-1-1.
- Do not call 9-1-1 for directions
- Do not call 9-1-1 for the time
- Do not call 9-1-1 for weather updates
- Do not call 9-1-1 for school or business closings
- Do not call 9-1-1 for phone numbers or other information
As you can see the list is pretty small so don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1 when you need an officer’s assistance.
Question: When the police department doors are closed does that mean there are no officers on duty?
Answer: No! All Kechi Residence are protected during all hours. Kechi Police Department works very close with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department and surrounding cities. Please call 9-1-1 when you need police and someone will respond to your need.
Kechi Police Department does all it can to provide police coverage but if an officer is not on duty that does not mean that your call will go unanswered.
Vacation House Watch Program
The Kechi Police Department has a vacation house watch program which is a courtesy for Kechi Residents. It is made clear that this courtesy is not a special relationship between the police department and any citizen involved in the program.
Officers may check a residence if a citizen in taking part in the vacation house watch program but there is no guarantee that the citizen’s house will be checked on a daily, weekly, or ever while the resident is gone. The Kechi Police Department and the officers on the department are not required in any way to check the residence of a citizen who is a part of the program.
Residents may contact the Kechi Police Department, prior to going on vacation and request for a vacation house watch. While you’re gone, a Kechi patrol car may make periodic checks by their home while the resident(s) are away. If you wish to leave for two days, a week or a month, the police department will try to make an effort to watch your residence closer while we are out on patrol. However, it is important that you have a trusted individual check your property regularly.
For more information, or to set up a Vacation House Check, stop by the Kechi Police Department during business hours. DO NOT call 911 to sign up for a Vacation house check.
Forms can be downloaded from the forms section of the police website and can be emailed or dropped off at the police department or city hall during business hours. If you have any questions, contact the Police Department at 316-744-6611. Have a wonderful vacation!