The Sheriff’s Office provides general and specialized investigative services throughout Johnson County based upon the need for countywide jurisdiction to conduct an investigation and upon the availability of investigative resources in a local police department. Investigative services are organized into the functional groups of Crimes Against Property, Crimes Against Persons, Drug Enforcement, Organized Crime, Crime Scene processing, Crime Analysis and Street Drug Enforcement.
Sheriff’s investigators are assigned crimes reported in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County and from at least six (6) of the cities within the county. Investigative staff routinely collaborate with investigators from area police departments as well as with state and federal investigative agencies in order to share information, leads and resources. Sheriff’s Investigators provide training on investigative methods to other law enforcement agencies as requested and they serve on the METRO SQUAD when it is activated to investigate homicides committed in the Kansas City region.
Sheriff’s investigators are assigned reported violations of Kansas criminal law that occur within Johnson County and it is their responsibility to gather both the physical evidence and factual information required to identify and apprehend offenders and to assist the District Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of those offenders. Investigators are assigned to crimes that vary from burglary, robbery, credit card and identity fraud, computer crime, homicide and missing person cases. Investigators also serve search warrants and subpoenas in the course of their investigations.
Investigations Division Contacts
Bureau Chief Daryl Reece
Operations Bureau Chief
Major John Lafferty
Captain Joshua Theiss
Lieutenant Dusty Bernhardt
Sergeant Craig Walion