Riley County Police Department

  • Agency: Riley County Police Department
  • Address: 1001 South Seth Child Road, Manhattan, 66502 KS
  • Chief: Bradley J Schoen (Director)

Riley County Police Department is located at 1001 South Seth Child Road, Manhattan, 66502 KS. The Director of the department is Bradley J Schoen. The Riley County Police Department phone number is 785 537-2112.

Riley County Police Department News

Today is the day for the weekly car seat check through Safe Kids Kansas. Come to the Manhattan Fire Department near the corner of Kimball and Denison from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to get your car seat installed or checked for FREE.

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◊ Manhattan Man Apologizes after viral Facebook Post ◊ On Saturday, June 9, 2018 at approximately 9:20 p.m. a story was posted on a local man’s personal Facebook page claiming there was an attempted child abduction at the Wal-Mart in Manhattan, Kansas. The post, which contained a picture of a woman and her license plate, was shared over 11,000 times. RCPD would like to assure the citizens of Riley County that we take all incidents like this seriously. We heard from several concerned citizens questioning the situation and our response. After a thorough investigation, it was determined the claims made were unsubstantiated and the attempted abduction did not occur. The woman pictured in the post did not commit any crimes and was wrongly labeled as a suspect by the poster. After showing video evidence to the alleged victims, they wanted to do the right thing and apologize for the unnecessary hysteria caused by the post. “"Several days ago my wife and her sister were shopping with our two sons at Walmart,” Joshua Hatley said. “In the course of their shopping, my sister in law claimed there was an incident involving another woman attempting to abduct our youngest child. As a result of the circumstances at the time, we believed this to be true, as my wife did not see the events unfold with her own eyes. This was shared as a warning post on Facebook, and quickly went viral. We have remained on top of this issue, and after conferring with detectives at RCPD and viewing security footage from the event, we have determined there was never any real danger to our sons, or the general public, and that our relative misrepresented what truly happened to us, and to management. The woman involved, and her family, are completely innocent and we would like to apologize to them. We believed there was real danger present, and did what we thought was necessary to help mitigate the issue. We are truly sorry for any damage that may have been caused by this event, and we hope you understand that there was no malicious or ill intent behind our actions; we only wished to make sure children were safe from a perceived threat. We have spoken with an attorney and learned that we are unable to pursue anything legally, and that the victim must do this. If you choose to do so, we will fully support you in accumulating any evidence we have access to, and we are incredibly sorry for anything negative that has happened as a result of this." If you ever experience a situation where you feel you or your child is in danger, please call 911 immediately. Child abductions and attempts should be reported directly to police. Sharing stories on social media that are not verified can cause undue hardship for the people labeled as suspects who may have done nothing wrong. RCPD prides itself on our relationship with the citizens we serve in-person and on our social pages. We will continue to build relationships with our community through open, transparent release of information and exchange.

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We are aware of a post on Facebook being shared about an attempted abduction at the Walmart here in Manhattan. RCPD was never notified of the incident but was sent the post by several concerned citizens. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the post by Walmart. They investigated the claims and found the reports to be unsubstantiated. We understand the fear that can be caused by reports of unknown people trying to snatch children. We wanted to let the public know that the claims were unfounded. If you ever do experience a situation like what was described, please call law enforcement immediately. Child abduction is not a joking matter, and should be reported directly to police and deputies. Also, remember that in our social media driven world, that sharing stories on social media that are not verified can cause undue hardship for the people labeled as suspects who may have done nothing wrong.

Shoutout to the three dispatchers below and all of the dispatchers across the nation. Dispatchers are the calm in the storm and masters of multitasking. The ladies below spent the first part of this week in Wichita at the 2018 Kansas Criminal Justice Information Systems Conference. They learned about security policies, amber alerts, violent person files, cybersecurity and a lot of other important topics. This training and others help to ensure that when you're calling in an emergency, you know RCPD dispatch is going to be there to help.

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Things that will never happen: 1️⃣ Pigs flying 🐷 ❌ 2️⃣ Cops not liking donuts 🍩 ❌ 3️⃣ Cops wanting to become firefighters 👮✅ 👨‍🚒❌ ( sorry Manhattan Fire Department) 4️⃣ The IRS calling wanting payment for taxes over the phone 💵 ❌ 5️⃣ Cops asking you for gift cards to bail your grandson out of jail If someone tells you they are with the IRS and wants you to pay them or you will be arrested — IT IS A SCAM! If someone claims to be with RCPD or another law enforcement agency and wants “bail money” in the form of gift cards — IT’S A SCAM! We recently had a citizen scammed out of $32,000.00 because the suspect was so convincing. Another citizen lost $2,800.00 in a separate internet scam. Others have come close to being scammed, but luckily retailers or friends caught it in time. The people making these calls are professional scammers and are good at manipulating people. It is NEVER the victims fault for falling for it. You work hard for your money, we want to help you keep it. Here are some tips: ✅ Stand your ground. These criminals are pushy. ✅ Don’t give out any personal information ✅ If someone is asking for payment through an odd method (gift cards) question it. ✅ Investigate. Look up numbers for the IRS and verify with them yourself. ✅ The IRS does most contact through mail delevered through USPS. ✅ CALL US. You can always call RCPD and we can help to determine if it is a scam or legitimate (785) 537-2112 is our Adminstrative non-emergent line.

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STILL MISSING: 31-year-old Ashley Meiss was last seen in Ogden on Friday, May 18th. If you have any information on Ashley's whereabouts, please contact RCPD at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

Today is the day for the weekly car seat check through Safe Kids Kansas. Come to the Manhattan Fire Department near the corner of Kimball and Denison from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to get your car seat installed or checked for FREE.

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AGGRAVATED ARSON: Officers filed a report for aggravated arson in the 900 block of Garden Way in Manhattan over the weekend. Sometime between the evening of Friday, June 1st and the morning of Saturday, June 2nd, an unknown suspect started a fire in the apartment complex at that location. Multiple people were home in separate apartments at the time, but luckily there were no injuries reported. If you have any information on this crime or may have witnessed any suspicious persons in the area, please contact the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Every. Kid. Deserves. To. Eat. PERIOD. Good work making that happen Manhattan-Ogden USD 383! Make sure all students know about these FREE meals available through most of the summer.

Who wore it better? Don’t worry, Officer Compagnone didn’t commit any crimes! We couldn’t pass up on a picture when her fellow officers noticed the similarities. Officer Compagnone has been with RCPD for 2 years. Growing up she struggled with ADHD and Dyslexia and had a lot of confidence issues. She always envied the confidence officers held and wanted to someday hold that same confidence. “I always wanted to be someone who made a difference in others lives.” You might have noticed that Officer Compagnone is sporting a baby bump under those stripes. While we wait for the newest member of the RCPD family to arrive, Compagnone works here at the PD taking reports instead of patrolling the streets. She cares so much about the people she helps, a victim of a crime recently brought her flowers as a thank you for all of the work she did. “I truly enjoy coming to work every day and feel blessed to work for a community that supports law enforcement.”

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UPDATE: The situation is resolved. There was a suicidal subject who is now in custody. Thank you for your patience. ————————- Please avoid the 500 block of McCall Road. There is a heavy police presence while officers work an active situation. More information will be released when it is available.

◊ Battery on Linear Trail ◊ MANHATTAN, KAN. – On May 31, 2018 at approximately 1:00 p.m., officers with the Riley County Police Department responded to the report of a battery on Linear Trail near Richards Drive. Preliminary information gathered by investigators suggests there was one male attacker who battered a lone female runner. The 15 year-old victim suffered a head injury. She was transported to Via Christi for treatment. The suspect has not been apprehended at this time. The investigation is ongoing. We ask citizens to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If you witness any suspicious activity or persons, please contact RCPD immediately. If anyone has information about this crime, please contact the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE: The Riley County Police Department is asking for information on the whereabouts of Christopher Edward Clark, 38, of Manhattan. We would like to speak to Clark about a series of recent burglaries and thefts in the Manhattan area. If you know where Clark may be, please contact the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537- 2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Did you know it's a requirement for our police officers to like kids? OK, maybe it's not required, but it sure does help! We had a great time showing off our cruiser at the Riley County Public Works Expo yesterday. Thanks to all the kids who stopped by to see us!

Torch Run benefitting Special Olympics

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On Sunday night right before Midnight, Officer Wagenblast responded to the report of a rollover crash with a possible ejection. When he arrived on scene, he learned there was a badly injured man trapped in the overturned vehicle. Officer Wagenblast didn't hesitate, entering the damaged vehicle through the back hatch, crawling through the confined space to render aid while waiting for emergency services to arrive. He used towels and other items in the vehicle to stop the bleeding from multiple injuries. He applied a pressure bandage to the victim's mangled hand. He did this all while holding pressure on the victim's head injury. The whole time, the vehicle was at rest on its side, and had the risk of overturning completely. Officer Wagenblast remained calm and did what needed to be done. He stayed with the victim, applying pressure to the injuries, keeping him alert, and covering him with a blanket to protect him from the breaking glass when Manhattan Fire Department freed him from the vehicle. The best part? The man survived. He's pictured below with Officer Wagenblast who helped deliver him food yesterday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Riley County until 10 p.m.