Lawrence Police Department

  • Agency: Lawrence Police Department
  • Address: 111 E 11th St # 202, Lawrence, 66044 KS
  • Chief: W Ronald Olin (Chief of Police)
Phone: (785) 832-7509

Lawrence Police Department is located at 111 E 11th St # 202, Lawrence, 66044 KS. The Chief of Police of the department is W Ronald Olin. The Lawrence Police Department phone number is (785) 832-7509.

Lawrence Police Department News

Remembering all who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. #MemorialDay2018

There is still time to help us win the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Come out to 2104 Bob Billings and donate. We will be here until 6pm.

Cheeseburger is cheesin’ today because it’s his BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday, buddy!

Lawrence Police Department Joins Click It or Ticket Campaign As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, the Lawrence Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. This enforcement is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the goal is to reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unrestrained vehicle occupants are involved in traffic crashes. Officers assigned to this specialized enforcement will be vigorously enforcing seatbelt laws, as well as distracted driving and other traffic safety violations around the clock and will be especially vigilant at night because the percentage of unrestrained crash deaths is highly increased at night. The Lawrence Police Department reminds you that seat belts save lives, and everyone from the front seat and back, child and adult, needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. ###

We are out at both Dunkin Donuts (1400 W. 6th Street or 521 W. 23rd Street) locations with some of the Kansas Special Olympic athletes collecting donations for Special Olympics. Come out and support them! We will be there until 1 p.m.

Yesterday, we held our Lawrence Kansas Police Department 2018 Award Ceremony. Recipients were awarded with the Life Saving Award, the Commendation Award, and one officer was honored with our Purple Heart Award. Congratulations to all!

Tomorrow, between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., officers and department employees will be collecting donations to help support Special Olympics Kansas and the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run at both local Dunkin Donuts (1400 W. 6th Street or 521 W. 23rd Street). Any donation earns a coupon for a free donut, which can be used starting Saturday. You may also purchase a Torch Run hat ($20) or t-shirt ($25) and those proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas!

Today Envista Credit Union surprised us with lunch. We'd like to thank them and everyone else who has shown us their appreciation through food and goodies or kind words during National Police Week!

Thank you to the Lawrence Police Foundation for lunch in the park today. We appreciate you!

Remembering our fallen officers, Allen Moore, Wilson Pringle, and Melvin Howe, during National Police week.

You don’t have to wear a badge to save lives! We are having the inaugural Battle of the Badges Blood Drive May 24th and we are need of blood donors. Donors can participate in the competition by voting for their favorite first responder organization. The group with the most votes will receive a traveling trophy!

Lawrence Police Department Implements Nasal Narcan Program Opioid related deaths have been on the rise nationally over the last several years, and Lawrence is not immune to the effects of the opioid epidemic. The prevalence of opioids, specifically in powder form, creates a critical threat to anyone who may come in contact with an overdose victim, including first responders. One of the most valuable tools in combating opioid related deaths is the drug Narcan, which is a lifesaving drug when administered in the immediate aftermath of an overdose. Beginning May 9th, 2018, the Lawrence Police Department, in conjunction with Lawrence – Douglas County Fire & Medical and DCCCA, Inc., began a phased implementation of a Narcan program to address the growing risks in our community associated with opioid use. This collaborative effort will result in all officers with the department being trained in the coming weeks on the administration of a nasal dose of Narcan, which will be carried with the officer while on duty. The University of Kansas Health Systems has provided 160 doses of the medication, free of charge, to our department for the implementation phase of the program. The first group of officers were trained in the administration of Narcan the morning of May 9th. Within hours of the first training session, officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of W. 24th Street for a report of an unresponsive male. Responding officers were able to quickly identify that the 48 year old male was suffering from a drug overdose. Officers were able to administer a dose of Narcan which, coupled with a follow up dose by LDCFM, resulted in the man becoming completely alert within minutes, saving his life. While Narcan is a valuable tool to address the symptoms of the opioid epidemic, the Lawrence Police Department is committed to working with our partnering agencies in this program to identify ways to combat opioid use, as well as get treatment to those that are addicted, with the ultimate goal being to rid our community of the disastrous effects of these powerful drugs. ###

A few of our bike patrol officers had the pleasure of helping with Woodlawn Elementary's Bike Fair this morning. Thanks for the invite and we can't wait to do it again next year!

The deadline for Police Camp 2018 is fast approaching...May 25th! The camp runs June 14-16 at Free State High School. We’re accepting applicants ages 8-12yrs. Please visit our website for detailed information at

Tomorrow is National Bike to School Day. Please be aware of the extra bicyclists on the road tomorrow when making your commute. Remember to share the road!

Here's a look at what our 39th Basic Academy class has been up to over the past 8 weeks. If you're interested in being involved in the 40th Basic Academy, we are now hiring. Go to

Pursuit Ends in Crash South of Lawrence At approximately 11:23 a.m., officers attempted to perform a traffic stop in north Lawrence on a green Dodge pickup being driven by a suspect believed to have committed a previous armed robbery. The driver, identified as 29 year old Theoplis Lee Ellis of Kansas City, Missouri, fled southbound on 2nd Street toward downtown Lawrence, and the decision was made to terminate the pursuit due to safety concerns. At approximately 12:43 p.m. the same vehicle was observed westbound on 7th Street from the downtown area. Officers swarmed the area to locate the vehicle, and witnesses reported seeing the vehicle driving recklessly on Iowa Street. Officers located the vehicle southbound on Iowa Street and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled southbound. The driver then entered K10 eastbound from Iowa Street, with officers pursuing. Somewhere between Michigan Street and Louisiana Street the suspect vehicle left the highway to the south and officers lost sight of the vehicle as it traveled off road. A county deputy in the area then located the vehicle a short time later, wrecked down an embankment in the area near where E 1400 Road crosses the Wakarusa River. Mr. Ellis was located on scene and taken into custody. Mr. Ellis was then transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. After being cleared medically, he will be transported to the Douglas County Correctional Facility, with his charges yet to be determined. During the pursuit, a police vehicle was involved in a collision at 25th Street and Iowa Street. Initial information indicates the marked police vehicle was southbound on Iowa Street, involved in the pursuit, when an eastbound vehicle entered the intersection. The two vehicles collided. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The officer involved was not injured. The department’s Accident Investigations Unit is conducting the investigation into the crash.

May is National Bike Month. Remember to share the road with bicyclist and give them at least 3 feet of space when passing.

Arrest Made in String of February 20th Robberies The Lawrence Police Department made an arrest on Friday, April 27th in connection with a string of robberies that occurred on February 20th. True Shipley, a 20 year old Georgia resident, was taken into custody and booked into the Douglas County Correctional Facility Friday on suspicion of committing two aggravated robberies, one in the 2000 block of W. 6th Street, and one in the 3100 block of Ousdahl. These two incidents had previously been shared with the public involving two masked men entering the apartments and displaying firearms. During the course of the investigation, it was also discovered that this individual was allegedly involved in three other attempted aggravated robberies that had not been previously reported to police. The investigation into all of these incidents is ongoing, and a connection between these robberies and other crimes in the Lawrence area has not been ruled out. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Lawrence Police Department at (785)832-7509 or Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County at (785)843-TIPS. Tips made to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.

Come on out to KU Campus Lot 92 & 94 for the annual Helmet Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon! Bike helmets will be provided for children ages 15 and younger (while supplies last).

Thank you to Briggs Automotive for hosting Coffee with a Cop this morning. What a great day for coffee and conversation!

Just a reminder tomorrow from 9-11am Briggs Automotive (2300 W 29th Terrace) is hosting our Coffee with A Cop. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know your officers. Plus, there will be free coffee and donuts!

We have officers out at Haskell’s Safety Fair today. If you plan to attend, please come and visit with our officers!

If you are mailing a letter or bill, please try to use a mailbox that isn't stuffed or about to overflow like this one. Even though it's illegal to tamper with another person's mail, it would be safer to drop it off inside a post office or wait until the mailboxes have been emptied.

UPDATED: Madison Supica has been located. Thanks for sharing.