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Auburn-Washburn USD 437 Police
Matt Simpson(Chief of Police)
5900 SW 61st St,
Topeka, KS, 66619
(785)339-4109

Topeka Police Department
Ron Miller(Chief of Police)
320 S Kansas Ave Ste 100,
Topeka, KS, 66603
(785)368-9551
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The city of Topeka, also called "Capitol City", "T-Town", "Top City" was incorporated in February 14, 1857 and encompasses the following counties: Shawnee. Topeka's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Bill Bunten (R) , City Manager, who is currently Jim Colson .

Topeka encompasses land area: 60.17 sq mi (155.84 km2), water area: 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2). The elevation is 945 ft (288 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 127,473 (US: 193rd). This equates to a population density of 2,118.5/sq mi (818.0/km2). Anyone living in the city is commonly known as a "Topekan". The local time zone is CST (UTC-6).

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 20-71000, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at www.topeka.org.

Topeka (/tɵˈpiːkə/; Kansa: Tó Pee Kuh) is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the county seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties, had an population of 233,870 in the 2010 census. The city is well known for the landmark United States Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson and declared segregation in public schools on account of race to be unconstitutional. Three ships of the US Navy have been named USS Topeka in honor of the city.

Topeka means 'to dig good potatoes' in the languages of the Kansa and the Ioway. The potato referred to is the prairie potato (Psoralea esculenta), a perennial herb which is an important food for many Native Americans. As a placename, Topeka was first recorded in 1826 as the Kansa name for what is now called the Kansas River. Topeka's founders chose the name in 1855 because it 'was novel, of Indian origin and euphonious of sound.' The mixed-blood Kansa Indian, Joseph James, called Jojim, is credited with suggesting the name of Topeka. The city, laid out in 1854, was one of the Free-State towns founded by Eastern antislavery men immediately after the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Bill. In 1857, Topeka was chartered as a city.

In the 1840s, wagon trains made their way west from Independence, Missouri, on a journey of 2,000 miles (3,000 km), following what would come to be known as the Oregon Trail. About 60 miles (97 km) west of Kansas City, Missouri, three half Kansas Indian sisters married to the French-Canadian Pappan brothers established a ferry service allowing travelers to cross the Kansas River at what is now Topeka.[citation needed] During the 1840s and into the 1850s, travelers could reliably find a way across the river, but little else was in the area.


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