At the Great Bend Police Department, we do our best to think outside the box and find new, better ways to do our job. In addition to traditional patrol cars, some of our officers utilize specially equipped bicycles to patrol. This allows us to see things we normally wouldn't and, more importantly, it allows us more chances to interact with the public.
Special Services Team
The Great Bend Police Department recognizes that our greatest asset in keeping the community safe is our relationship with the community. We know that most problems can be solved without force. ?
However, we constantly strive to be prepared to protect our community when situations do arise that require highly trained officers and specialized equipment.
Our Special Services Team consists of officers who train to respond to high risk situations. The photo below shows the Team at an advanced training school. The school took place at "Crisis City", a specialized training facility in Salina, KS.
The Police Department utilizes specially trained dogs to aid in our mission. Currently, the Canine Unit is composed of "Kia" and "Lazer". Kia is a Belgian Malinois who has been the Department since 2013, and Lazer is a German Shepherd who joined the force in 2015. Both dogs are used primarily for detecting illegal drugs, but are also trained for various other duties, such as tracking and apprehending suspects.
School Resource Officers
An SRO has a diverse role in the school community and has many duties and responsibilities. School Resource Officers are sworn Police Officers assigned to a school on a long-term basis trained to perform three major roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related educator. School Resource Officers (SRO) are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in the school environment. SROs are employed by the Police Department and work closely with administrators of USD 428 in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.