Russell Police Department

  • Agency: Russell Police Department
  • Address: 339 East 8th Street, Russell, 67665 KS
  • Chief: Larry Vaughan (Chief of Police)
Phone: 785-483-2121
Fax: 785-483-6360

Russell Police Department is located at 339 East 8th Street, Russell, 67665 KS. The Chief of Police of the department is Larry Vaughan. The Russell Police Department phone number is 785-483-2121.

Russell Police Department News

REMEMBER TO STOP BY THE RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT THIS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!! Again this year the Russell Police Department will be providing free “Glow Sticks” on Halloween Night. The first 300 children to come to the Police Department after 5 p.m. on Halloween will receive a glow stick and a treat The glow sticks will help drivers and parents see the children as they walk through the community Trick or Treating. HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS Halloween is the children’s night for Trick or Treats and Ghost and Goblins. Please take extra care to ensure your children are prepared. Here are some safety tips to ensure the children have a safe and fun-filled evening:  Choose a costume that is easy to walk in, easy to see out of and can be seen by car drivers.  If Trick or Treating after dark wear a glow stick and bright colored clothing  Loose Costumes or unsafe shoes can cause falls or accidents  If wearing a mask, make sure you can see out of it. Take off the mask before crossing the street.  Sharp or pointed toy weapons / costume props are dangerous  Billowing costumes, false hair and wigs are unsafe around candles  Use a flashlight after dark  Walk in groups and cross the street together  Parents or grandparents check all treats before they are eaten  Unpackaged items should be discarded Please be careful, watch out for small children and enjoy the evening.

REMEMBER TO STOP BY THE RUSSELL POLICE DEPARTMENT THIS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!! Again this year the Russell Police Department will be providing free “Glow Sticks” on Halloween Night. The first 300 children to come to the Police Department after 5 p.m. on Halloween will receive a glow stick and a treat The glow sticks will help drivers and parents see the children as they walk through the community Trick or Treating. HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS Halloween is the children’s night for Trick or Treats and Ghost and Goblins. Please take extra care to ensure your children are prepared. Here are some safety tips to ensure the children have a safe and fun-filled evening:  Choose a costume that is easy to walk in, easy to see out of and can be seen by car drivers.  If Trick or Treating after dark wear a glow stick and bright colored clothing  Loose Costumes or unsafe shoes can cause falls or accidents  If wearing a mask, make sure you can see out of it. Take off the mask before crossing the street.  Sharp or pointed toy weapons / costume props are dangerous  Billowing costumes, false hair and wigs are unsafe around candles  Use a flashlight after dark  Walk in groups and cross the street together  Parents or grandparents check all treats before they are eaten  Unpackaged items should be discarded Please be careful, watch out for small children and enjoy the evening. If you have any questions or would like more information about Halloween Safety please contact the Russell Police Department at 483-2121.

The phone lines at the City Building have been repaired. You can now call 785-483-6311 for administrative offices.

Administrative phone lines at the City Building are down. Nex-tech has dispatched a technician to troubleshoot and repair. Outlying City Buildings remain operational. We will advise once issue has been resolved. Call 785-483-7812 for administrative offices. Thank you.

The switchover is completed.

Substation Switchover Postponed.

For Immediate Release Contact: Duane Banks Phone: (785) 483-6311 Substation Repairs Completed – Switchover to Occur at 1pm on Friday, September 7, 2018 The transformer equipment failure that occurred on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Sunflower Interconnection substation required a mobile transformer from Liberal, Kansas to re-establish the interconnection tie to the transmission grid while the failed equipment was replaced. Sunflower Electric / Western Cooperative have completed repairs on the permanent transformer. Final testing is being conducted. The switchover from the temporary transformer to the permanent transformer is scheduled for 1 pm on Friday, September 7, 2018. A service interruption is not anticipated during the switchover. However, an outage is possible. Please make necessary arrangements. We thank you for your patience during the prolonged outage on August 30th and your understanding as we make the necessary repairs safely.

You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. During the period of August 16 through Labor Day, September 3, the Russell Police Department will join 150 other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and other drugged drivers from the roadways. You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., is underwritten by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). During 2017, in Kansas, alcohol and other drugs were implicated in 40% of the crash deaths on Kansas roads. Over the course of the year, this equated to one person suffering death every two days, and at least 163 families receiving death notification visits, all due to drivers’ decisions to drive impaired. According to KDOT, over the past five years the average proportion of fatality crashes attributable to alcohol impairment, alone, is 23% - or almost one-fourth of all fatality crashes. The agency also reports that crashes involving at least one impaired driver are likely to be more severe than are other crashes. For example, the risk of serious injury in a chemical impairment crash is almost five times that of the crash where such impairment is determined to have not been a factor. More striking is the fact that the risk of death is over fifteen times higher in the case of an impairment crash. Clearly, impaired drivers need to be taken off the road, for their good and for the good of others sharing the road with them. This campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things: 1. If you’re going to drink while away, do it responsibly by looking ahead and lining up a designated driver before leaving your home. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s time to return home to start asking around. Chances are, if you do that you’ll wind up with someone who might appear to be more sober than yourself, but isn’t sober enough. 2. Check your medications for driving warnings. More and more, in Kansas, DUI arrests are occurring during daytime hours, largely due to the side effects of prescription drugs. It’s not uncommon to find alcohol or illicit drugs present as well. 3. Think of a family you know – maybe your own – and consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking – a decision which unintentionally brought injury or death to one of them. If you’re driving impaired, you are not only more likely to crash, but you are much more likely to cause serious injury or death to yourself and others when you do crash. 4. A DUI arrest can cost you thousands and will result in the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands. 5. We are asking all citizens on the roadways – drivers and passengers, alike – to watch for suspicious driving behaviors. Note location, a description of the suspect vehicle, and its direction of travel and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so. You may save a life. 6. You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this campaign but through the year. 7. Always remember that the best protection against an impaired driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time. Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity across a wide range of driving mistakes and mishaps.

ARE YOU MISSING A BICYCLE? During the last several months, the Russell Police Department has recovered several bicycles that have been left unattended in different areas of town. The bicycles have been taken to the police department for safe keeping. If you are missing a bicycle come to the police department and give us a description of the bicycle and we will check to see if it was recovered. A reminder, the Russell Police Department will register your bicycle and keep the information at the police department in the event your bicycle is missing. With the information that was collected a found bicycle could be returned to the owner.

The Russell Police Department is asking all to have a safe and fun 4th of July this year! Also, remember your pets could be effected by July 4th activities and July weather. If you are going to be gone for the day consider putting your pet(s) in a safe environment where the noise of fireworks will not bother them. Also, if they are to be outside for the day make sure they have shade or a shelter and plenty of water. And, remember the following: Fireworks information for the City of Russell taken from City Ordinance 1594: As the 4th of July nears, the Russell Police Department would like to remind citizens of the times fireworks can be discharged and limitations of personal fireworks being discharged. An individual may discharge fireworks only on the 4th of July between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12:00 midnight. It is unlawful to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or public place within the City of Russell. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any animal, person or group of persons, or from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind. And finally, all fireworks offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the state by the state fire marshal. Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled firework or fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city. Following these rules will help this 4th of July be a safe and fun celebration.

Fireworks information for the City of Russell taken from City Ordinance 1594: As the 4th of July nears, the Russell Police Department would like to remind citizens of the times fireworks can be discharged and limitations of personal fireworks being discharged. An individual may discharge fireworks only on the 4th of July between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12:00 midnight. It is unlawful to discharge, ignite or fire any fireworks upon any public street, alley or avenue or in any park or public place within the City of Russell. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast or propel fireworks of any kind in the direction of or into the path of any animal, person or group of persons, or from, in the direction of or into any vehicle of any kind. And finally, all fireworks offered for sale and discharged within the city shall be of a type that has been tested and approved for sale and use within the state by the state fire marshal. Bottle rockets and other similar self-propelled firework or fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stock or rod shall not be sold or discharged in the city. Following these rules will help this 4th of July be a safe and fun celebration.

On June 1st, 2018, Russell Police Officer Brandy Crawford completed required 14 week basic training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Brandy was part of the 250th Basic Training Class where 67 law enforcement officers from throughout the State of Kansas also completed the basic training to become Certified Law Enforcement Officers. The completion of the basic training was highlighted with a Commencement Ceremony held at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Attending the Commencement Ceremony was Brandy's husband Brad, and family. Police Chief Dale Weimaster was also in attendance. Congratulations Brandy!

E. State Street and E. 5th Street Bridges Closed May 29th Please be advised that beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the bridge on E. State Street and the bridge on E. 5th Street will be closed while bridge repairs are made. The temporary closure is expected until June 18 2018, weather permitting. Once the E. State Street and E. 5th Street bridges are reopened, the bridge on E. 7th Street will be closed while repairs are made. The project is expected to be completed by July 18, 2018. The traveling public should use caution and avoid driving in the area if possible. The City of Russell regrets any inconvenience this may cause to the public while these improvements are made. If there are any questions, please call the Public Works Department at 785-483-6311.