Ottawa Police Department

  • Agency: Ottawa Police Department
  • Address: 715 W 2nd St, Ottawa, 66067 KS
  • Chief: Dennis P Butler (Chief of Police)
Phone: 785-242-2561

Ottawa Police Department is located at 715 W 2nd St, Ottawa, 66067 KS. The Chief of Police of the department is Dennis P Butler. The Ottawa Police Department phone number is 785-242-2561.

Ottawa Police Department News

OTTAWA POLICE DEPARTMENT Public Information Office 715 W. Second Street Ottawa, Kansas 66067 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 29, 2018 #18-12 7:00 a.m. Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Crime Spree Ottawa Police have arrested a suspected wanted for a series of crimes spanning several days after the suspect eluded arrest several times. The suspect was arrested after a brief stand-off in the 700 block of W. 2nd Street Sunday afternoon. Over the course of the events law enforcement officers from the Ottawa Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Wellsville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in arrest attempts of the suspect. Justin Donovan, a 33-year-old male from Ottawa was arrested and is currently being held in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center pending formal charges for numerous crimes committed in Ottawa of the past few weeks. Donovan was arrested for multiple stolen autos, Felony Interference with Law Enforcement, Criminal Damage to Property. Other charges are possible as the investigation continues. Here is a brief summary of the events leading up to Donovan’s arrest: • On May 23rd, 2018 a vehicle reported stolen from Lee’s Summit, Missouri was located parked at a residence in the 400 block of W. 2nd Street. Officers conducted surveillance on the vehicle waiting to arrest Donovan after seeing him with the vehicle at the residence earlier. Donovan was not located and the vehicle was recovered, along with other possible stolen items. Officers and Detectives with the Ottawa Police Department began looking for Donovan for this crime but he was not located. • On May 26th, 2018 shortly after midnight Donovan stole a Red, 1997, Chevy, Camaro left unlocked and running from Casey’s General Store, 334 N. Main St. Handguns, and other items, were in the vehicle when stolen. A short time later an officer with the Wellsville Police Department located the vehicle traveling north on I-35 and stopped the vehicle. But, Donovan fled north into Johnson County, Kansas where deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol assisted Wellsville police. Tire deflation devices were deployed and the vehicle stopped near the Lone Elm exit on I-35. Donovan fled from the vehicle with Troopers in pursuit; law enforcement heard a firearm discharged nearby. Law enforcement from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Wellsville Police Department and Ottawa Police Department searched for Donovan but he was not located. The stolen vehicle was recovered but the handgun has still not been recovered. No law enforcement agencies involved discharged a firearm during the incident, and no officers were injured. A female passenger was questioned and released. • On May 26th, 2018 at about 5:45 p.m. officers on patrol spotted Donovan at a residence (the same residence where the Lee’s Summit stolen auto was recovered) and tried to stop him. Donovan fled into the residence and hid from officers. Officer set up a permitted and attempted to negotiate with Donovan to exit the residence. Officers evacuated several other families that lived in the multi-unit apartment house. The Ottawa Police Department STAR Team responded to the scene and began a barricaded subject operation. A search warrant was executed at the residence looking for Donovan but he was not located. Tactical officers cleared the scene around 5 a.m. on May 27th. A vehicle believed to be stolen, but not yet reported, was towed from the residence and will be held until the business that owns it open after the holiday. • On May 27th around 6 a.m. and officer heard banging near the same apartment house, saw Donovan breaking in and tried to stop him. Donovan fled into the home again and refused to exit. Officers cleared the scene again. • On May 27th around noon officers located Donovan at a residence in the 700 block of W. 2nd Street, directly across the street from the Ottawa Police Department. Donovan evaded capture from bounty hunters, who were trying to revoke Donovan’s bond from unrelated arrests. The bounty hunters confronted Donovan inside the residence and when Donovan aggressively approached them deployed a Taser, but it had no effect. Donovan retreated further into the home, broke a window on the second floor and jumped onto the roof of a carport attached to the residence. Officers from the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office had arrived and surrounded the house and began talking to Donovan. STAR Team responded again. Donovan refused to get off the roof and said if any law enforcement officer tried to arrest him he would physically resist. Donovan climbed back into the residence and was arrested by deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after deploying a Taser. According to Assistant Chief of Police Adam Weingartner, and STAR Team Commander “It was a trying few days for area law enforcement. The delicate balance between public safety and capturing Donovan meant we used extreme caution during all of these operations. Donovan was wanted for property crimes in Ottawa but our officers knew the threat of violence was real after a gun was stolen. Donovan made numerous threats to harm officers during his arrest-and tried to follow through on his threats several times just before his arrest. During the first stand-off on 2nd Street officers believed Donovan was hiding underneath the house, in a crawl space that was too small for tactical officers to enter safely-they could just not physically fit to see inside the space safely we believe Donovan was hiding in.” Weingartner continued “There were several other families that lived in this building; and doing further damage to try and locate Donovan was not an option for a property crime at this point in the investigation. Once the risk for property damage was lower, and there was nowhere for Donovan to escape to officers and deputies moved quickly and swiftly to arrest Donovan and bring this spree to an end.” Donovan was treated and released at the scene after receiving a laceration trying to escape the broken window. No officers, or innocent citizens, were injured. -End- Franklin County-KS Sheriff's Office

Anyone with information about this incident should contact local law enforcement. The vehicle involved was stolen shortly before the pursuit from Casey's General Store, 334 N Main St in Ottawa. Officers will continue to investigate and try to locate this dangerous suspect.

This type of things happen frequently in rural areas like Franklin County. This is why we assign officers to the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit to combat these traffickers and dealers from poisoning our community. If you know of suspected drug activity, please call the Ottawa Police Department at 785-242-1700, message us on Facebook or call the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit at 785-242-6900. PS: One of the larges cocaine cases ever made in Kansas (and the US) happened 6 miles outside of Ottawa on I-35.

Please take the time to educate yourself, friends and loved ones.

The Ottawa Police Department has partnered with Angels Care Ottawa to provide Active Shooter Response training through the ALICE Training Institute. The training is open to the first 100 registrations, over age 18. A waiting list will fill open spots. Registration information is on the flyer attached to the post-and lunch is provided! When: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018. Time: Registration at 09:30 a.m. ALICE presentation 10:00 a.m. to noon. Scenario based instruction from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Where: Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St, Ottawa. The department continues to teach citizens about their role during an Active Shooter event; a skill that can be used in schools, business, healthcare and open spaces. We look forward to teaching this group of home health care staff and other community members who can make it. Franklin County-KS Sheriff's Office Franklin County Emergency Management City of Ottawa Kansas Municipal Government


This is why it is so important to wear safety belts. Sooner or later you will be involved in a traffic crash. No injuries in this crash on 05/22/2018 at 1215. Everyone had seatbelts on. Ottawa City Fire Department #clickitorticket #seatbelts


We are pleading with everyone: Please wear a seatbelt! DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Do not text and drive! #clickitorticket #kdot #dui #seatbelt #kansascops

Memorial Day Special Traffic Enforcement Campaign begins on May 21 thru June 3. Additional officers will focus on restraint, speeding and impaired driving violations. Please designate a driver, buckle up and obey speed limits.

Police Week 2018 Memorial Service on Franklin County Courthouse steps:

This week we honor the fallen-Police Week 2018. Capt. Robert Cowdin, Ottawa Police Department EOW July 4, 1962.

Please keep informed and safe tonight! #weather #nws

Some officers and their families make sacrifices that few of us can ever imagine.

Only use opioid prescriptions as directed by your physician and dispose of unused medications in a timely manner to prevent misuse by others.

Be prepared for severe weather potential today-more so if traveling north.

Its not too late to put your severe weather kit together. What are "must haves" in your kit-and keep it clean people.....

We get asked: -Why do you guys hang out at the bars? -Why do you guys stop people for minor infractions? -Why do you want me to do field sobriety tests? I've just had 2 beers. -Don't you have anything better to do? We wish someone would have stopped this drunk driver for a "minor infraction" before this happened and had him do SFSTs. We wish an officer had contacted this guy outside a bar and called him a cab. Our thoughts are with Officer Woodson's family, the Wichita Police Department and especially Officer Woodson's 10-year-old son who is in critical condition.

We are curious...has anyone had any success listening to our new frequencies on a scanner? Please comment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING. OTTAWA POLICE DEPARTMENT Public Information Office 715 W. Second Street Ottawa, Kansas 66067 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 24, 2018 #18-10 7:55 P.M. BUTLER Ottawa Police Investigate Shooting On April 24, 2018 at 4:42 p.m., Ottawa Police officers were dispatched to the report of “shots fired” in 900 block of E. 7th Street in the City of Ottawa, Kansas. Upon their arrival they identified several people who were at the scene of the shooting, but determined that the suspect(s) and victim(s) had left. The suspected crime scene was secured and Franklin County Emergency Communications broadcast a lookout with a possible suspect vehicle description. While at the 7th Street address, officers were notified at approximately 4:55 p.m. that a person had arrived at a local hospital suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Ottawa police detectives responded there, contacted the person, and confirmed the injury. The victim was transported to another area hospital for additional treatment. At 4:53 p.m., a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle fitting the description of one reported to have left the scene of the “shots fired” call before the arrival of law enforcement. The driver was detained and the vehicle impounded for safekeeping. Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation to confirm the events and to locate the person(s) involved in the shooting. Possible evidence was recovered at the E. 7th Street address, from the hospital, and from the towed vehicle. (end)

Hey everyone-introducing a new # to our followers that has been around for a while-#9PMRoutine is a reminder to lock your stuff up before going to bed. If people between 2nd and 5th from Walnut to Ash did this we might not have taken so many thefts from UNLOCKED VEHICLES!!