Patrol Division
The Patrol Division is the most visible component of the Ottawa Police Department and is commanded by one lieutenant.

There are four uniformed patrol groups and a patrol sergeant supervises each group. Due to the size of the Ottawa Police

Department the patrol officers serve as “generalists” not specialists; meaning that they are trained to perform a variety of

activities and functions. 

                                                         Lieutenant JW Hawkins

                                                         Patrol Division Commander

                                                         Ottawa Police Department

                                                         715 West 2nd

                                                         Ottawa, Kansas 66067

                                                         Phone: 785-242-2561 







Animal Control

The Community Services Officer (CSO) reports to the division commander and is a commissioned police officer who investigates complaints of animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect and enforces the City and State animal control laws. The CSO rescues injured or sick stray pets and transports them to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter for temporary care and housing. The CSO provides animal care tips, and educational presentations to individuals and organized groups. Prairie Paws is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Normal CSO duty hours are from 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday unless animal control issues require adjustments to these hours.


Helpful Link: Dog License Application or Mail-In Dog License Application 



Investigations Division

The Investigations Division is commanded by a lieutenant who oversees the operations of the Detective Unit and the School Resource Officer


                                                         Lieutenant Doug Waterman

                                                         Investigations Division Commander

                                                         Ottawa Police Department

                                                         715 West 2nd

                                                         Ottawa, Kansas 66067

                                                         Phone: 785-242-2561 ext. 7410






Detective Unit

The Detective Unit is supervised by one sergeant who also supervises the detective assigned to the Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit The purpose of the Detective Unit is to conduct follow-up investigations on serious felony offenses including but not limited to: homicide, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, sexual assault, arson, burglary and auto theft. Also, follow-up investigations on certain misdemeanor cases requiring work beyond the boundaries of the City of Ottawa are referred to the Detective Unit.

To contact the detective assigned to your case, please call 785-242-2561 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Drug Enforcement Unit 

The Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department have combined resources to operate the Joint Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit. Although we have one detective assigned full-time to this important area of enforcement, it is the responsibility of all Ottawa police officers to enforce laws prohibiting the illegal possession, use and manufacture of narcotics including prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Unit also provides educational programs for civic and business organizations designed to assist them in promoting a drug-free home and work environment.


The use or manufacture of illegal narcotics is more than a crime. It is an ongoing attack on the health and well-being of our community due to the other crimes often associated with drug use and trafficking. It is incumbent upon us all to report suspected narcotics violations by calling one of the following telephone numbers.


The Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit: 785-242-6900

The Franklin County Dispatch Center: 911

TIPS Hotline: 1-888-311-8477


School Resource Officer

The School Resource Officer (SRO) is assigned to USD290 and reports to the division commander. 

The SRO works primarily in Ottawa High School and Middle School, but can respond to issues occurring

within other USD290 educational facilities.  The SRO is present during the school day, and during some

sporting events,  to preserve the safety of staff and students and is not expected to engage in

administrative functions and school-related discipline.  However, the SRO does participate in the delivery

of certain educational objectives related to careers in public safety and law and in the operation of

school based safety initiatives. While in the school environment the SRO is encouraged to serve as a

mentor to students seeking such guidance.

Support Services Division

The Support Services Division is led by a lieutenant who oversees the records Unit and the Municipal Court.


                                                         Lieutenant Casey Crane

                                                         Patrol Division Commander

                                                         Ottawa Police Department

                                                         715 West 2nd

                                                         Ottawa, Kansas 66067

                                                         Phone: 785-242-2561 






Records Unit

This unit is lead by the Support Services Manager who supervises the daily activities of the records unit. This unit manages the collection, storage and dissemination of official police records. In addition, the office manager supervises the daily activities of two civilian municipal court clerks, but not the judge and prosecutor who are appointed by the city manager.


This section is managed by a civilian employee who is responsible for maintaining department policies and proofs of compliance necessary for the police department to remain accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  See more about accreditation on the police department accreditation page.

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