The Kansas Police are a division of the Kansas Department of Public Safety, overseen by the Office of the Attorney General. This office was established in the Kansas Constitution, and is located in Memorial Mall in Topeka. This building was completed in 1914 as a Civil War memorial.
Units within the office include the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, special task forces, a State Child Death Review Board and Crime Victims Compensation Board. These units investigate criminal activity, target drug trafficking and manufacture, and specifically investigate child deaths in the state. They also determine compensation and distribute such compensation to the state's victims of crime.
Divisions of Kansas Police
Specific divisions in the Department of Public Safety include the Administration Division, Civil Litigation, Consumer Protection, Crime Victims Compensation, Criminal Litigation, Fraud & Abuse Litigation, Bureau of Investigation, Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse, Solicitor Division and Victims' Services.
Administration handles daily operations of the department. Civil Litigation handles and negotiates cases on behalf of the state. Consumer Protection investigates scams, and Criminal Litigation assists local law enforcement in prosecuting criminal cases. The Bureau of Investigation will investigate criminal cases at the request of law enforcement. Legal Opinions and Government Counsel researches and prepares legal opinions.
Kansas police departments are located in local municipalities, such as Kansas City. These law enforcement agencies enforce state and local laws, conduct arrests and investigations, and handle local traffic enforcement and crash reports. Each local police department also administers its own local crime lab for evidence collection and processing.
Requesting Kansas Police Records
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation maintains a current sex offender registry online for the public to review. It also maintains all state criminal records for police record checks. The general public may search for felony and misdemeanor convictions, incarceration records, arrests and active diversions that are not yet completed.