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Lenexa Police Chief announces intent to retire

Lenexa Police Chief announces intent to retire
Posted on 09/30/2020

Lenexa Chief of Police Thomas Hongslo has announced his intent to retire in December 2020 after a 31-year career in law enforcement. Chief Hongslo marked his 25th year with the Lenexa Police Department earlier this month, and at the time of his retirement will have served as chief of police for eight years.

“Chief Tom Hongslo is a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about his department, the City organization and the community we serve,” said Lenexa City Manager Beccy Yocham. “His accomplishments and the impacts of his leadership will be felt for years to come. This community owes him a debt of gratitude for his decades of outstanding service.”

Under Chief Hongslo’s leadership, the Lenexa Police Department has:

  • Adopted safety strategies such as the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS).
  • Responded to the increasing mental health crisis by completing the IACP One Mind Campaign, which included partnering with local mental health organizations, adopting policies to better serve those struggling with mental health and training officers in Mental Health First Aid.
  • Held annual police use of force citizen workshops to educate the community about this important topic.
  • Worked to expand numerous vital units within the police department, including the Special Victims Unit, which investigates crimes against children, domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Made recruiting quality candidates a top priority. Last week, the Lenexa Police Department swore-in its largest-ever class of police officers (13).
  • Served an integral role in Lenexa’s Public Safety Facility Study, which was accepted by the Lenexa City Council in August 2020 and laid the groundwork for the construction of a new public safety facility.

During his tenure as chief of police, Chief Hongslo has served on numerous boards and committees, including:

  • Kansas Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (CPOST)
  • KU Law Enforcement Leadership Academy - Board of Directors
  • Safehome – Board of Directors
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association - President
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police- Patrol and Tactical Committee

Chief Hongslo began his career in Lenexa in 1995, beginning as a patrol officer and then becoming a K-9 handler. He rose through the ranks of the organization, being promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, and captain, and in 2012, he was appointed chief of police. Prior to coming to Lenexa, Chief Hongslo served as a police officer with the Mission Kansas Police Department for two years, and a deputy with the Platte County Missouri Sheriff’s Office for four years.

Chief Hongslo was recently awarded the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission’s prestigious Clarence M. Kelley Award for excellence as a law enforcement executive in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Details about the recruitment of the next police chief will be released soon.

Published Sept. 30, 2020