Message from your Sheriff
The senseless death of Mr. George Floyd is a horrible tragedy. We stand with citizens and other law enforcement agencies across our nation unequivocally condemning the conduct of these former officers. We are heartbroken for the family and friends of Mr. Floyd and all those impacted by his death. The actions revealed in the video are inexcusable.
This is not us. We have never tolerated this and will continue to stand with our fellow citizens in denouncing and preventing these types of actions. We will use this as a reminder of the oath we took when we raised our right hands and placed a badge on our chest. We value our strong relationship with our community and continually strive to serve our citizens with honor, integrity and compassion – every day.
Actions speak louder than words. Please know that each deputy receives training every year that ensures proper force is used during every arrest and racial or bias-based policing is prevented. Since 2011, we have invested in and equipped our officers with body-worn cameras which allow us to hold ourselves accountable while providing transparency to our community. We take any complaint of racial discrimination or excessive force seriously. We monitor and keep track of all complaints to ensure our deputies do not directly or indirectly discriminate or selectively enforce our laws. Violations of our procedures and policies are not tolerated.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office partners with civic leaders to ensure an open dialogue between our agency and representatives of the communities we serve. Such organizations include but are not limited to the following:
- Johnson County NAACP
- Olathe Latino Leadership Network
- Bienvenidos KC, Inc.
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City
- Mid-American Asian Culture Association
- Dialogue Institute of Southwest-Kansas Chapter
- Johnson County Q-Space
What happened in Minneapolis is not who we are or what we stand for. We treat everyone we come into contact with fairly and equally because they are human beings just like us. The men and women who wear the badge of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are people who uphold the constitution and serve our community – regardless of race, gender, religion, or orientation - with duty, honor, and service. We are everyone’s Sheriff’s Office; we are proud of Johnson County’s diversity and make every effort to reflect that within our agency.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office service to our community, I would be honored to hear from you. Please see the quick reference links below detailing our Use of Force Policy, Biased-Based Policing Policy as well as how to file a commendation or complaint.
Calvin H. Hayden