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S.A.F.E.  Seatbelts Are For Everyone SCHOOL LUNCH














In June 2002 Sheriff Kochanowski attended the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Co., Chesapeake, Virginia demonstrated the efficiency of their mobile locator program.
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Over the years, if you have worked in law enforcement for any period of time, you have been involved with a frantic phone call made by a family member or caretaker. Their loved one or patient with Alzheimer’s has wandered off, “we can’t find them will you help?”  What a feeling! Some of these calls are made because it is a child who suffers from Autism or Down’s syndrome and has wandered off. The knot in your stomach grows even bigger because this is a child. What a feeling! Law Enforcement has traditionally called in extra help. Officers along with reserves and volunteers from the community start a search and we start hoping that we find the missing individual in a timely fashion. These searches have lasted from a couple of hours to days and sometimes we do not locate the missing individual. Some of the reunions are joyous and some are very sad because we found the person to late and they are deceased.

Agencies that have implemented this program have saved thousands of dollars in overtime and equipment usage. Officers are trained to use CARE TRAK MOBILE LOCATER equipment that works on the same principal as that used to track wild animals to study their movements.  The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has trained twelve (12) of our members to be certified Project Lifesaver CTR-1000 operators and five (5) have also been certified as Project Lifesaver instructors. We will have the ability to work with and train officers/volunteers for agencies across the state of Kansas.

Our program was financed totally by donations from Community Foundations, Civic Organizations, Businesses, and private citizens who believed this to be a worthwhile proactive community project.  The cost for this program, including equipment (two CTR-1000 receivers and accessories plus two extra bracelets) and bringing two (2) instructors to Salina, Kansas was $7226.00.

It is recommended that you have two locator systems, one ground unit and one air unit if necessary. The range of the ground unit is approximately 1 mile and the air unit is approximately 5 miles.

Instructor from Chesapeake Sheriff's Office, trains Saline County Personnel
Saline County S. O. personnel receive instructions in project Lifesaver
Students work with equipment used in project Lifesaver.
Students discuss equipment used in project Lifesaver.
Students assemble equipment used in project Lifesaver.
Equipment used by Saline County in our Lifesaver program.
Officers testing skills learned in training class.

Project Lifesaver is a program that protects the wandering individual and gives peace of mind to caregivers, families and communities.  If you are interested in receiving information on this program or becoming a participant contact Sheriff Glen Kochanowski at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 785-826-6500 or Col. Gene Saunders, Project Lifesaver International at 757-432-4382.


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TRY THIS SITE!!!!       

Engage in an interactive format to learn prevention.  Visit the Community Safety Series  web site and try their on-line multi-media learning opportunity.  Click on the Community Safety Series box below.


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The Sheriff's Office has two officers who can instruct in how to install Child Passenger Safety Seats.  If your organization would like to have one of these officer's put on a presentation showing how to properly install a child seat, please call us.

2009 Back To School Fair

The Officers listed below participated in the 2009 Back To School Fair.  The officers checked vehicles to make sure child safety seats were installed properly.

From left to right: Officer Randy Repp, Salina Police Department. Officer Kendra Guhr, Salina Police Department. Deputy Scott Anderson Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper and Child Safety Seat Instructor J. Riedel. Officer A. V. Plank Salina Police Department and Child Safety Seat Instructor. Deputy Patrick Queen Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers checked 39 seats, removed 7 seats from use and gave away 10 new seats.

Deputy Scott Trembley of he Saline County Sheriff's Office shows a hi back booster seat that was given to a Salina family to replace a broken and unsafe seat that was being used by the family for their four year old daughter.


Deputy Trembley replacing a broken child seat with a new hi back booster seat.


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The Sheriff's Office has a training room available for community use at no charge. Contact Sandy Smith, Administrative Assistant at 785-826-6500 for reservations. The training room will seat up to 48 people with table and chair seating and 80 persons with chairs only.


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Sheriff's Officers go to Ell-Saline Grade School, Ell-Saline High School, Southeast of Saline Grade and High School, St. John's Military School, St. Mary's Grade School,  and Sacred Heart Junior Senior High School.


 Officers serve lunch and then eat with one of the classes. In addition we allow our officers to have lunch at schools where their children attend.



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Kansas law, as well as most other states, require that a vehicle being registered in a state, for the first time, have the Vehicle Identification number verified to ensure that the vehicle is not stolen and that the presented title is for the car being registered. Inspections are done on site on some occasions, but generally the vehicle is brought to the Sheriff's Office. We give this service a priority, therefore the time required for this process is only a matter of minutes. There is a $20.00 administrative fee.  You also need to bring a valid drivers license, the original title to the vehicle being registered and the vehicle.

Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


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In October of 1998 the Saline County Sheriff's Office began the service of providing Kansas Driver's License Check to individuals s well as businesses. An individual can come to our office and receive a printed copy of his/her Kansas driving for a $15.00 administrative fee. Those requesting a check will need to produce their current Kansas drivers license or a valid form of identification. If a business or someone other than the licensee is requesting the record, a notarized waiver will be required.

Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


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The Saline County Sheriff's Office fingerprints individuals for employments, passports and adoptions. We also fingerprint persons that are either in or applying for positions that require background investigations. We have a fingerprint technician dedicated to this service. 

There is a $20.00 fee for two fingerprint cards.  (Note:  If you are fingerprinted as part of your application to Carry a Concealed Weapon, fingerprinting is included in your application fee, and is not a separate charge).


 Tuesday,  Wednesday and Thursday  from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Enter at the Jail Visitors Entrance

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Groups of 10 or more are welcome to visit the jail. Please contact the jail at 785-826-6502 to make arrangements for a tour.

March 2008

A group of grade school children from Glen Elder, Ks take advantage of group jail tours.  The children who came to Salina for a play at the Community Theater followed up the play with a tour our the Saline County Jail.


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Home security for residents of Saline County is important to the Saline County Sheriff's Office.  In addition to regular patrol in the rural areas and in the smaller towns situated throughout the county, the Sheriff's Office sponsors a security program called Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch is a program where neighbors help neighbors prevent crime. Residents of neighborhoods involved in this program are provided with training and information supplied by the Sheriff's Office on how to keep themselves and their property safe, what to look for while watching over their neighbors property and method of reporting crime. Anyone interested in getting more information about neighborhood watch or are wanting to start a Neighborhood Watch program can call the Sheriff's Office at 785-826-6500.


For additional information on Neighborhood Watch Programs visit the National Sheriff's Association's Neighborhood Watch web page.   USA ON WATCH


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The Saline County Sheriff’s Office realizes this it is a difficult, confusing time for you and that you may have questions about what is being done and what you may do.  This information has been prepared to address these questions and help you, as a victim of crime.

RETAIN YOUR CASE NUMBER:  If you wish to inquire about the status of your case, you will need a case number to enable the person answering your inquiry to do so more promptly.  Even though your case will be given as much consideration as possible, it will take time for it to be processed through the criminal justice system.

PUBLIC INFORMATION:  Some information about a reported crime is public record and the Sheriff’s Office cannot deny access to the details of a crime.  We have no control over what public information the news media uses.

CRIMINAL CHARGES:  After investigating the crime in which you were the victim, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office presents its evidence to the County Attorney’s Office.  That office determines what, if any, charges should be filed against a suspect.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE INVESTIGATION OF YOUR CASE:  If you have learned anything that might be of assistance to the investigation or have questions related to the investigation, you may make inquiries by phoning 785-826-6500.

IF YOU ARE THREATENED OR NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:  If you have reason to be fearful or receive threats about your involvement in your case contact this Office immediately by phoning 785-826-6500.  In a situation of immediate threat or need of emergency medical care dial 911.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  Kansas law requires an arrest be made for certain violations of the law under some circumstances.  The prosecution of these charges is the decision of the District Attorney’s Office and not the victim.


Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas 785-827-5862                                               

Kansas Crisis Hotline – 1-888-363-2287

Kansas Parent Help Line – 1-800-332-6378

State law provides compensation to some crime victims through the Crime Victims Compensation Board, 700 SW Jackson, Suite 400, Topeka, Kansas 66603-3757, phone (785) 296-2359.

Kansas Statutes 74-7333 and 74-7335 state:  (1) Victims shall be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system.  (2) Should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm which they have suffered.  (3) Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victims compensation fund and other remedies and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made available to victims.  (4) Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress and ultimate disposition of the proceedings.  (5) The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process. (6) When the personal interests of victims are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should, when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation.  (8) Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims and guidelines should be developed for this purpose.  (9) Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social assistance through existing programs and services.  (10) Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.  (11)  The victim or victim’s family shall be notified of the right to be present at any public hearing where the accused or the convicted person has the right to appear and be heard.  (12) Notification shall be made to any victim or victim’s family whose address is known by the District Attorney.


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The Saline County Sheriff's Office conducts a vacation house watch program.  Residents leaving their home on vacation or for extended periods of time can contact the front desk and provide information so the department is aware of their absence.  You will need to provide your name, address, and phone number, along with the dates you will be leaving and returning.  Also needed will be emergency contact information of someone who has information on your whereabouts and the premises.  For further information contact the Saline County Sheriff's Office desk at (785) 826-6500.

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